Maoists refuse to release kidnapped Italian, issue fresh 96-hour deadline to Odisha Government

   Apr 6, 6:15 pm

Bhubaneswar, Apr.6 (ANI): Maoists have refused to release Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo and have issued a fresh 96-hour deadline to the Odisha Government to release seven jailed Naxals.

In an audio message, Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda described the talks with the government as a "farce", and said the Italian will be not be released.

Panda reiterated that he will kill Paolo if the state government fails to meet the fresh deadline.

The threat from Panda comes even as Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had earlier agreed to fulfil the demands of the Maoists and decided to release 27 prisoners in exchange for the safe release of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka and Bosusco.

Patnaik had said, "15 Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS) members and eight Maoists from Koraput would be released from jail and four Maoists as demanded by Sabyasachi Panda will also be released."

Of the 27 people to be released, 23 are from the Andhra Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee which abducted the MLA, and only four from the Sabyasachi Panda-led group that kidnapped the Italian.

Italian Ambassador to India, Giacomo Sanfelice, had also welcomed the steps taken by Patnaik after meeting him in Bhubaneswar to get a first hand briefing of the situation. (ANI)

Army pays homage to soldier martyred in cross border firing in Jammu Jul 23, 2:28 pm
Akhnoor (Jammu and Kashmir), July 23 (ANI): Military personnel today paid homage to soldier (Late) NK Mong Chon P who was martyred in ceasefire violation by Pakistan at Jammu and Kashmir's Akhnoor sector yesterday.
Full Story
Govt. working on concept and contours of 'smart cities' scheme: M. Venkaiah Naidu Jul 23, 2:28 pm
New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): Union Urban Development Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu today said the government is working on the concept of 'smart city' and the contours of implementing the project for developing/building 100 such cities.
Full Story
Aurangabad railway track blast possibly Maoist attack, says Bihar CM Jul 23, 2:28 pm
Patna, July 23 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said here on Wednesday that the blast that occurred on the Delhi-Howrah railway track in Amamasilva village of Aurangabad district was possibly a Maoist attack.
Full Story
Encephalitis claims 75 lives in Gorakhpur, UP Jul 23, 2:27 pm
Gorakhpur, July 23 (ANI): An outbreak of Japanese encephalitis has affected more than 300 and claimed lives of 75 people in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY