Italian Hostages

  • Odisha hostage crisis: Maoists' deadline ends today April 18, 2012

    New Delhi: The deadline set by the Maoists to release 29 jailed cadres in exchange for Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka ends on Wednesday. The Maoists had demanded the release of 29 prisoners by 5:00 pm on April 18. The Maoists had reportedly promised to release the MLA in the presence...
  • Time to leave India, says Italian freed by Naxals April 12, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: Freed after spending nearly a month as a hostage of Maoists, Italian national Paolo Bosusco on Thursday said that it was time to bid farewell to India, while thanking the people of Odisha for his association with them for 22 years. "I am very sorry that time has come to...
  • Maoists treated me well, says Paolo Bosusco April 12, 2012

    Naxals have released Paulo Bosusco after a month in custody. The Odisha government has agreed to free 27 jailed cadres in exchange. ...
  • Odisha: Maoist leader Panda's wife released April 10, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: A fast track court in the Raigada district of Odisha on Tuesday released the wife of Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda. Subhashree Panda was arrested and jailed in 2010 in connection with an encounter case. The release of the Maoist leader's wife comes amidst the former's ultimatum to the Odisha government to...
  • Odisha hostage crisis: Panda losing support base April 9, 2012

    Kandhamal: It seems likely that Naxal leader Sabyasachi Panda, who has kept the Italian national Paolo Bosusco hostage to force the government to agree to his demands, may just have committed a big blunder and in fact, put his own safety at risk. CNNIBN has learnt that the local Dalit community,...
  • Odisha CM contradicts Naxal leader Panda's claim April 7, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday strongly refuted the claims of Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda made by him in an audio tape, arguing that the Maoists had asked for the release of six Naxals, out of which the government was facilitating the release of five. Patnaik pressed for the...
  • Odisha: Swap deal with Maoists a wrong precedent? April 7, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: From security forces to former policemen, nobody seems to agree that the decision by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to release Naxals to secure the return of the Italian hostage Paolo Bosusco is a good one. Swaranjit Sen, former DGP, Andhra Pradesh, said, "It's like history repeating itself without any...
  • News 360: Maoist leader threatens to kill the Italian hostage April 6, 2012

    Release seven Maoists within 96 hours or the Italian hostage will be killed, says Sabyasachi Panda. ...
  • Odisha: Maoists issue 96hour deadline for govt April 6, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda on Friday issued a fresh audio tape giving a 96hour ultimatum to the Odisha government to release all the seven Naxals he had demanded. The Maoist leader has reiterated that he will kill Italian hostage Bosusco Paolo if the state government fails to meet the fresh...
  • Hostage crisis: Odisha Govt bows to Maoists April 5, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Wednesday agreed to fulfill the demands of the Maoists and decided to release 27 prisoners in exchange for the safe release of the BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka and the Italian tourist Bosusco Paolo. Odisha Chief Minsiter Naveen Patnaik said, "15 Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS) members...
  • Odisha: CM gives in to demands of Maoists April 4, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Wednesday agreed to fulfill the demands of the Maoists and decided to release 15 CMAS activists and eight Maoists to secure the release of abducted Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka. In order to secure the release of Italian national, Bosusco Paolo, who has been...
  • Maoisthit Odisha districts ban entry of foreigners April 3, 2012

    Koraput (Odisha): In the wake of two backtoback abductions in Odisha, a complete ban has been imposed on the entry of foreign nationals and tourists into the Maoisthit Koraput district. The district administration's ban follows abduction of two Italian tourists and an MLA by the Maoists in the state. District collector Sachin...
  • Odisha: Maoists threaten to kill Italian hostage April 2, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda on Monday released a fresh audio tape in Odisha threatening to kill Italian hostage Bosusco Paolo if the state government launches a rescue operation. The Maoist leader said that the Odisha government had not made it clear as to what demands they had agreed to meet. Panda...
  • Odisha government considering release of rebels April 2, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Monday said it was examining release of some rebels as demanded by Maoists and hoped the Italian hostage crisis would end soon, even as the fate of abducted BJD MLA remained unknown with a rebelbacked outfit yet to respond an invitation to join talks. A day after...
  • Odisha abduction: Maoists make 7 new demands March 27, 2012

    New Delhi: The Andhra PradeshOdisha Border Special Zonal Committee of the Maoists on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the abduction of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. The Maoist group placed 7 demands before the government. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told the state Assembly that the government was examining the demands. Meanwhile, Hikaka has demanded...
  • We were treated well by Maoists: Released Italian March 25, 2012

    Bhubaneshwar:After almost 12 days of captivity, Maoists finally released Claudio Colangelo, one of the two Italian hostages abducted by the Maoists led by Sabyasachi Panda on March 14. The Maoist leader has made two demands including the release of his wife from jail before the Odisha government to set the...
  • Released Italian says he's both happy and sad March 25, 2012

    Bhubaneshwar: Released Italian national Claudio Colangelo expressed happiness after being released by the Maoists, but added that he was sad as his friend Bosusco Paolo was still in captivity. "I am both happy and sad. I am sad that Paolo is still in Maoist captivity. I can't comment on government's role...
  • Odisha: Gloom descends on abducted MLA's family March 25, 2012

    Koraput: A pall of gloom descended on abducted BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka's family and his Laxmipur constituency in Koraput district. "My husband never harmed anyone. He has been working for the welfare of tribals and I appeal to the Maoists to free him without causing him any harm," pleaded his...
  • Odisha: Maoists release one Italian hostage March 25, 2012

    Bhubaneshwar: Maoists released one Italian hostage on Sunday, raising hopes of an end to the 12day old crisis that has engulfed the Odisha government. The released hostage, Claudia Colangelo, was abducted by the Maoists led by Sabyasachi Panda on March 14 along with another Italian Bosusco Paolo and two Indians. The...
  • Odisha crisis: Patnaik calls emergency meeting March 25, 2012

    New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday held an emergency meeting at 11.30 am on the ongoing hostage crises in the state. "There is no response from the abductors of the MLA and I hope they will respond immediately. We also do not have any information about the...
  • Odisha crisis: No headway as negotiators pull out March 25, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: It has been 12 days since two Italian nationals were abducted up by Maoists in Odisha. On Saturday, matters were made worse after a rival faction of the Naxals abducted a BJD MLA and the mediators appointed by the Maoists suspended talks with the government in protest. The latest development...
  • Cong might bring noconfidence motion in Odisha March 24, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: In the wake of abduction of an MLA and the tendayold Italian hostage crisis, Opposition Congress on Saturday said it is contemplating to bring a noconfidence motion against the Odisha government for its "failure" in tackling the Maoist menace. The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has also demanded Chief Minister Naveen...
  • Odisha crisis: Talks suspended after Maoists kidnap MLA March 24, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: The Maoist crisis in Odisha has taken a turn for the worse, after the two Italians, now a MLA Jhina Hikaka from Naveen Patnaik's party, the BJD, has been abducted. However, top police sources have conformed to CNNIBN that the Maoists faction responsible for the abducted is different from the...
  • Odisha crisis: No further talks, say interlocutors March 24, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: The two negotiators for the Maoists, B D Sharma and Dandapani Mohanty, on Saturday suspended all talks between the Odisha government and the Naxals citing "atrocities by both parties". Addressing a press conference, the negotiators appealed to the Maoists to free all the three hostages, two Italian nationals and Biju...
  • BJD govt hand in glove with Maoists in Odisha : Opposition March 24, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: Hitting out at the BJD government over the abduction of a tribal MLA, the opposition Congress and BJP in Odisha on Saturday accused it of being hand in glove with Maoists and pushing the state into anarchy by ignoring Centre's advisories. "The BJD government is hand in glove with Maoists....
  • Italian hostage crisis: Third round of talks today March 24, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: The abduction of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka has come just days after two Italians were taken hostage by Maoists in Odisha. Negotiations have yielded no concrete results yet, with the government insisting that Naxals have to stop violence first if they want their demands met. One of...
  • Italian hostage crisis: GovtMaoists talks fail March 22, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: There has been no breakthrough in the talks between the Odisha government and Maoists in connection with the abduction of two Italian nationals in the state. The Naxals have now asked the government to make jailed Maoists Amit Baghci or Kobad Gandhi a negotiator. The negotiations will continue on Friday. The...
  • Italians abduction: Centre, Odisha trade charges March 21, 2012

    Bhubaneshwar: The Maoists on Wednesday offered to release one of the two Italians in their custody. In return they want the Odisha government to meet some of their 13 demands. Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda said, "The government is taking the position as we hear from the media that the demands made...
  • Newsmaker of the Day: Naveen Patnaik March 20, 2012

    Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday appointed three negotiators to hold talks with the Maoists over the hostage crisis. ...
  • Odisha: abducted Italians safe but scared March 19, 2012

    New Delhi: The two Italians taken hostage by Maoists in Kandhamal, Odisha, are scared but safe, according to one of the two Indians released. The Maoists have set a deadline of Sunday evening for 13 demands to be met including an end to antiNaxal operaitons. The Maoists treated us well,...