Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka still not traced

Koraput/Bhubaneswar: Four days have passed since the Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka was abducted by left wing extremists on last Friday and the the government has been groping in the dark regarding the whereabouts of the tribal MLA. Top Maoist leader and member of the Andhra-Odisha-Border Special Zonal Committee Daya has dispatched another letter even as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik made an appeal to the ultras to announce the names of the mediators to start dialogue for the safe release of the MLA Jhina Hikaka.

Though not confirmed information pour in that Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka has been held under captivity inside the deep forests in Narayanpatna areas close to the border with Andhra Pradesh. River Jhanjawati flows inside the hilly terrains making it virtually inaccessible. Rumours about the illness of the MLA in the Maoist hideout fly thick and fast. Jhina Hikaka is held captive by top naxal leader Daya who happens to be the Secretary of the Srikakulam-Koraput Divisional Committee of the CPI(Maoist).

The Maoists have not announced the names of the mediators despite the appeal by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The chief minister even announced that the three government representatives, Home Secretary Upendra Nath Behera, Panchayatiraj Secretary Pradip Kumar jena and SC/ST Welfare Secretary Santosh, presently engaged in dialogue with mediators for the release of Italian hostage Paolo Bosusco, would once again represent the government for the dialogues for the release of Hikaka.

Instead of proposing names of the mediators, Daya has despatched another letter putting posers to 11 politicians including the chief minister, two MPs and five MLAs from undivided Koraput district, wife of Jhina Hikaka and Congress leader Harihar Bahinipati regarding nine alleged fake encounters and police atrocities on tribal activists of the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon areas. The Secretary of the Srikakulam-Koraput Divisional Committee too has demanded that `Operation Green Hunt` should be stopped immediately and political prisoners incarcerated in jails of Koraput and Malkangiri should be released.

The Maoists had earlier written a letter to the government following the abduction of Jhina Hikaka and put forth the demands for the release of the MLA. Even Jhina Hikaka himself had written a letter in the name of the Chief Minister from the Maoist camp requesting Naveen Patnaik to accept the Maoist demands.