Maoists release Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka

   Apr 26, 11:10 am

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 26 (ANI): After being in Maoist captivity for 32 days, Odisha Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka was released on Thursday morning.

According to television reports, Hikaka was released in the forests of Narayanpatna in the state's Koraput District.

The decision to free Hikaka was taken by a people's court on Tuesday after he gave a written undertaking that he will resign from the state assembly and also try to fulfill the Maoists' demands.

Meanwhile, the lawyer, who fights cases for the rebels and their frontal organisation, the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS), claimed that during the two-day people's court trial, Hikaka stated that neither the state government nor the legislators had helped him during his captivity and that only the tribals had come to his rescue.

While the Maoists had demanded release of 29 prisoners in exchange for Hikaka's freedom, the state government decided to consider the release of 25 jailed people, including eight Maoists.

The Odisha Government has decided to withdraw cases against 13 jailed ultras, including five Maoists, apart from facilitating the release of 12 through bail, sources said.

Hikaka was kidnapped near Toyaput after a large group of armed men stopped him as he was being driven through a hilly area some 500 kilometres away from Bhubaneshwar on March 24. (ANI)

JNU Students' Union president sent to police custody Feb 12, 5:27 pm
New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): A Delhi Court on Friday sent JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar to three-day police custody.
Full Story
Tripura fast emerging as honey-producing state Feb 12, 5:21 pm
Agartala, Feb. 12 (ANI): A honey processing centre, which has been set up by Tripura Khadi and Village Industries Board, is playing a vital role to tap the state's potential in making honey.
Full Story
Sports enthusiasts head to north-east for South Asian Games Feb 12, 5:19 pm
Guwahati/ Shillong, Feb. 12 (ANI): The 12th edition of the ongoing South Asian Games in Guwahati and Shillong showcases India's northeastern region's ability to hold a mega sports extravaganza.
Full Story
'Distance from science and technology hampers growth': PM Modi Feb 12, 4:58 pm
New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for making one Vidya Bharti top school in every state of the country and stressed on technology for growth.
Full Story
Comments