Mediators bring proposals from Naxals, govt weighs options
Setting the tone for talks with Orissa government, the two mediators chosen to talk to the Maoists for release of abducted Malkangir collector and junior engineer, reached Bhubaneswar in the morning today, Priya Ranjan Sahu reports.india Updated: Feb 20, 2011 12:38 IST
Civil rights activist G Hargopal and academician R Someswar Rao, the two mediators chosen by Orissa government to talk to the Maoists for release of abducted Malkangir collector and junior engineer, reached Bhubaneswar in the morning on Sunday.
After reaching the Biju Patnaik Airport here at about 10.30 am from Hyderabad, Hargopal told media persons at the airport that they were just mediators. “There is no question of putting pressure on the Orissa government or Maoists. We do not know the programmes as yet. We cannot say anything now unless we talk to the government,” he said.
The course of action will be planned after they meet Orissa chief secretary Bijay Patnaik and home secretary UK Behera.
About 50 armed Maoists had abducted Krishna (30) and Majhi (23) on Wednesday evening when they had gone to inspect some development work after attending a mass contact programme at Badapada gram panchayat in Malkangiri, about 700 km southwest of Bhubaneswar.
The Maoists have asked for complete halt to the anti-Maoist operations and release of people booked for Maoist activities.
While the Orissa government has halted the operations, it is looking into legal and technical aspects of releasing some Maoist leaders.
On Saturday, bail applications of three top Maoist leaders and their nine associates were moved in Malkangiri and Koraput courts. All except one – Srinivasulu Ramulu – were rejected. The Koraput court will hear the petition of Ramulu on Monday.