Hikaka writes to CM from Maoist camp

Bhubaneswar: The abducted Biju Janata Dal MLA of Laxmipur, Jhina Hikaka, has despatched a letter addressed to the chief minister(copy of which was made available to OTV) even as the government was groping in the dark about the where about of the tribal MLA two days after his abduction in Koraput district. The letter was supposed to be written from an unknown hideout of the Maoist abductors.

In the letter bearing the signature of the MLA, Jhina Hikaka has mentioned that he was well and safe in the Maoist camp. The MLA Jhina Hikaka has requested the chief minister to stop combing operations against the ultras and also stop padyatras and rallies. In the letter the MLA said that the government should fulfill all the demands put forth by the naxalites and release Maoists and activists of the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh incarcerated in different jails in Koraput and Malkangiri districts. Jhina mentioned that the Maoists would release him unharmed once the government conceded the demands.

Meanwhile, in another letter written in Telugu language the Andhra-Odisha-Border Special Zonal Committee and Koraput-Srikakulam Divisional Committee of the CPI(Maoist) have jointly claimed responsibility for the abduction of Jhina Hikaka and the killing of Khairiput police sub-inspector Krushna Chandra Rath. In the letter signed jointly by one Jagabandhu, member of the Andhra-Odisha-Border Special Zonal Committee and Daya, member of the Koraput-Srikakulam Divisional Committee, the Maoists have put forth certain demands for the release of the kidnapped MLA Jhina Hikaka. The Maoists have demanded that the government should soon stop `Operation Green Hunt` against the rebels and should immediately fulfill all the conditions agreed to at the time of release of former Malkangiri collector R Vineel Krishna. The other prominent demands raised by the Maoists related to release of political prisoners and activists of the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh incarcerated in several jails in Koraput and Malkangiri districts.

The Maoists have said that they would announce the date of the release of the abducted MLA once the government discloses the details about the release of the political prisoners to the media. However, the Maoists have warned that they would be compelled to take extreme steps if the government launches any operation against the ultras. The letter also mentioned about the futility of the on-going talks between the government and the Maoist-named mediators for the release of Jhina Hikaka and instead suggested about the early release of the political prisoners.