Odisha has not sought specific assistance: Chidambaram

New Delhi: The Odisha government has not sought any specific assistance from the Centre regarding the abductions of the Italian tourist Paolo Bosusco and Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka though it has asked to share intelligence inputs said Union Home P Chidambaram today. However, Chidambaram claimed that the Union Home Secretary was in constant touch with the Director General of Police of Odisha and the Chief Secretary while he himself was in regular touch with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Chidambaram hoped that the Maoists would not resort to violence while talks are on with the rebels through mediators to end the hostage crisis. However, the Home Minister categorically stated that it was solely for the state government to decide if any operation has to be launched against the ultras since the state government was best aware about the ground realities.

Chidambaram hoped that the differences between the Centre and certain states over the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) would be resolved very soon through dialogues with the chief ministers of the concerned states.