Sabyasachi was incorrect in his statement: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: The Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in response to the audio message of the Secretary of the Odisha State Organizing Committee of the CPI (Maoist) today said that Sabyasachi Panda was `incorrect` in saying that the views of the two Maoist-appointed mediators were not taken into consideration by the government to facilitate the freedom of the Italian tourist Paolo Bosusco from the clutches of the rebels. Naveen today stated in the assembly that the issues raised by the Maoists in their pamphlet of March 16 have been dealt at length and the decision to facilitate the release of five persons was the "outcome of the negotiations with the two Maoist mediators B D Sharma and Dandapani Mohanty."

Terming the audio statement of Sabyasachi Panda as `incorrect` Naveen clarified that the two negotiators had categorically urged that the government take steps for the release six persons namely Arati Majhi, Manmohan Pradhan, Suka Nachika, Chakra Tadingi, Bijay Tadingi and Subhashree Das while the government has agreed to facilitate the release of five persons.

Naveen reiterated his appeal to the Maoists to release the Italian national Paolo Bosusco held hostage since March 14. Naveen pointed out that the Italian Ambassador to India and the Consul General of Italy who were present in the capital were deeply anxious for the release of their countryman and the Maoists should consider their anxiety.