India's rebellions will never fade as long as collective punishment continues to be accepted doctrine. Samar Halarnkar
He is among 7 rebels who gave up arms after announcement of rehab package. Koushik Dutta reports.
Recent high profile abductions have left officials in Maoist-affected states in a tough spot - venture out and face Red reprisals or stay put behind security fences and neglect work at the cost of development. HT
'We don't want to keep Menon anymore,' says two-page letter signed by rebel interlocutors. Ejaz Kaiser
Kidnapped on 21st April, the Sukma collector is said to be in good condition. The rebels have demanded release of 17 naxals. Ejaz Kaiser
Second round of talks inconclusive; Sukma collector spends seventh day in Maoist captivity. Ejaz Kaiser
reports. Why Menon?
Italian national Paolo Bosusco, handed over to interlocutor Dandapani Mohanty at 5am on Thursday and whisked off to Bhubaneswar, later told the media at a state guesthouse: “I am fine. I was treated well.” Thanking the people of Orissa, he said it was time to go home. HT
reports. Maoists rampage
| What happens to MLA Hikaka now? | Maoist muddle
The Odisha government has yet to find out a way out to end the hostage crisis as the deadline set by Maoists to free 30 Naxal cadre in exchange of two hostages ends today.
Under attack for delaying talks, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said that safety of Italian citizen Basusco Paolo and BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka prompted govt decision to free prisoners. HT
| Maoists on rampage | Video
Maoists struck in Odisha again on Saturday, kidnapping BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka from Koraput district and prompting two negotiators mediating in an earlier abduction of two Italian nationals to pull out. HT
reports. Italians still hostage
| Negotiations suspended
Progress marked the second day’s negotiation on Friday between the Odisha government and Maoist-backed negotiators on the release of the two abducted Italians. HT