Maoists set April 5 deadline for Hikaka release

Bhubaneswar: The Maoist abductors of Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka have turned down the state government`s appeal to nominate mediators to start dialogues with the government to facilitate the release of the tribal MLA. The Secretary of the Andhra-Odisha-Border Special Zonal Committee of the CPI(Maoist), Chandramauli, in an audio tape said that the government should fulfill the demands of the CPI(Maoist) by April 5.

The release of the audio tape by Chandramauli has added a new twist to the hostage crisis as the government has been groping in the dark regarding the whereabouts of the BJD MLA since he was kidnapped by the left wing extremists on March 23. The Andhra-Odisha-Border Special Zonal Committee had claimed responsibility for the abduction of the MLA Jhina Hikaka on March 26. The committee too had released a list of demands for the release of the Laxmipur MLA. The release contained the signatures of Maoist leaders Daya and Jagabandhu. The outfit too claimed responsibility for the killing of one police sub-inspector in Malkangiri. Even Jhina Hikaka had written a letter to the Chief Minister requesting him to fulfill all the demands of the Maoists.

The government had appealed to the Maoists to name mediators for negotiations for the release of Jhina Hikaka and even had invited the Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh(CMAS) to participate in the negotiations. The CMAS President Nachhika Linga too had on last Monday turned down the government`s appeal to take part in the negotiations.