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Apr 03, 2012 at 07:47pm IST

Odisha: Meet Maoists' demand, abducted MLA tells CM

Bhubaneswar: Abducted Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka, who was abducted by the Maoists in Orissa, on Tuesday sent a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The MLA requested the Chief Minister to fulfill the demands of the Maoists.

Hikaka also told Patnaik in the letter that he was also willing to resign if required. He, however, assured the Chief Minister that his condition was fine.

The BJD MLA also alleged that the government was not serious about his release.

Meet Maoists' demand, says abducted Odisha MLA

Jhina Hikaka has written to the Chief Minister alleging that the government is not serious about his release as he is a tribal.

He said, "The government is not serious about my release as I am a tribal…release tribals from jail booked under false charges."

This came after the Maoists released an audio tape related to the abduction of the MLA, setting April 5 as the deadline for the state government to accept their demands and release arrested comrades.

The Left-wing ultras had also promised that they would release the BJD MLA after the demands were met.

The audio tape was released to media reportedly by the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee secretary, Chandramouli.

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