Jhina Hikaka to be moved to fortified bungalow

Bhubaneswar: The security of Jhina Hikaka and his family has been raised with the BJD MLA, who was kidnapped in March by Maoists, to be moved to a fortified bungalow. Noting that a bungalow was being renovated and fortified, a senior police official said today, "As the MLA colony, where Hikaka and his family are staying, is not safe from the security point of view, the government has decided to shift him to a secure place."

The height of the boundary wall of the bungalow was being raised and accommodation being made for security personnel to guard the MLA, who was asked by the Maoists to resign within 15 days after being released on April 26. The MLA`s wife Kausalya Majhi, who was posted as a sikshya sahayak at the Kanimusa Upper Primary School of Laxmipur in Koraput district, has been transferred to an office under the school and mass education department.

His two sons have been admitted to a school in the state capital, the sources said. "There is nothing wrong in providing better security to Hikaka who had been released from Maoist captivity last month," Fisheries minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi told reporters here. The MLA has remained silent on the demand for his resignation and for him to quit the BJD. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on his part, has rejected the possibility of Hikaka resigning saying that no democratically elected MLA should resign under the pressure from any `illegal force`.