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Italian hostage: Mediators want to finish talks

The two Maoist backed mediators holding negotiation with the Odisha government may finish their task by evening on Tuesday. HT reports.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2012 17:18 IST

The two Maoist backed mediators holding negotiation with the Odisha government may finish their task by evening on Tuesday.

Before the start of talk for the release of Italian citizen, Basusco Paolo (55), the mediators hoped it would be last day of their talks.

“We want to finish it up today,” former IAS officer and tribal rights activist BD Sharma told Hindustan Times.

On the other hand, chief minister Naveen Patnaik said in Odisha assembly that all efforts were being made to secure release of ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka (37) from Maoist captivity.

“The demands (of the Maoists) are being examined by our government,” Patnaik said in Odisha assembly.

Sources said the mediators are serious about completing their talks by the evening. They may end their talks by the evening by appealing the Maoists to release Paolo on humanitarian grounds, they said, hinting that the Italian citizen may finally freed by the Maoists.

Maoist of Odisha State Organising Committee (OSOC), headed by Sabyasachi Panda alias Sunil, abducted Paolo and his compatriot Claudio Colangelo (60) on March 14 in Kandhamal district when they had gone on a trekking expedition. Announcing their abduction on March 17, the ultras had made 13 demands for their release.

On Saturday, Maoists belonging to Andhra Odisha Border State Zonal Committee (AOBSZC), headed by Ramkrishna, abducted Hikaka in Koraput district, while on Sunday Colangelo was released as a “goodwill gesture” by OSOC.

On Monday the mediators said that the Maoists had freed Colangelo on humanitarian ground and the state government should also reciprocate.