Odisha Hostage Crisis

  • Abducted Odisha police officer shot dead by Naxals May 8, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: Abducted police officer Krupa Ram Majhi has been shot dead by suspected Naxals in Nuapada in Odisha. The police recovered Majhi's body from Nuapada. A team of 10 Maoists had abducted the ASI and had let off the constable accompanying him on Tuesday. ASI Krupa Ram Majhi of the Dharambandha...
  • Odisha: Naxals strike again, abduct police official May 8, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: A police official has been abducted by suspected Naxals in Odisha. ASI Krupa Ram Majhi of the Dharambandha Police Station has been abducted by suspected Naxals in Nuapada. Reports say 10 Naxals abducted the ASI and let off the constable accompanying him. This is the third hostage crisis in Odisha in...
  • Freed Hikaka remains silent on quitting as MLA April 26, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: After more than a month in Naxal captivity, Odisha's BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka was finally set free at Balipeta in Koraput on Thursday. The BJD's Laxmipur MLA has apparently been released on the condition that he would resign from his seat after this. It was an emotional reunion for...
  • Odisha: MLA to be produced in people's court again April 20, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: There has been no resolution yet to the hostage crisis in Odisha. Naxals have released a fresh tape extending the deadline for the release of abducted BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka to April 25. Hikaka will be presented again in people's court on April 25. The Maoists have asked the...
  • Odisha MLA abduction: SC sends notice to Centre April 19, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court issued a notice to the Odisha government and asked for details of what is being done to resolve the hostage crisis involving BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. The court was hearing a petition filed by a retired Army officer to restrain the release of jailed Naxals,...
  • 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...
  • Odisha to swap dreaded Naxal for abducted MLA? April 14, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: Thirty sevenyearold Naxal, Chhenda Bhusanam alias Ghasi had a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head when he was arrested by the Odisha police last year. Now his release could prove the key to secure the freedom of abducted BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. Ghasi is a dangerous man, charged...
  • 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...
  • Naxals release Italian after 29 days: sources April 12, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: Italian national Paolo Boscusco is believed to have been released by the Naxals in Odisha, according to sources. A formal announcement is awaited. Paolo Boscusco had been held hostage by the Odisha unit of the Naxals for the last 29 days. His release came a day after Maoist leader Sabyasachi...
  • Odisha hostage crisis: Panda issues fresh tape April 11, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: A breakthrough seems to be in sight in the Odisha hostage crisis. Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda in his latest audio message has said that he will free abducted Italian Paolo Boscusco if the government honoured its agreement signed with the negotiators. In a new audio tape released by the Naxal...
  • Experts slam Odisha govt for bowing to Naxals April 11, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: The Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha has come under attack with experts saying it must stop giving in to the demands of the Naxals. The hostage crisis continues, with Naxals pressing for the release of some hardcore rebels. Ajai Sahni of the Delhibased Institute for Conflict Management said, "I...
  • 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 govt in a fix as Naxals' deadline ends April 10, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government is in a fix over how to diffuse the hostage crisis. The deadline set by Naxals for the state government to free 30 jailed cadres in exchange for BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka ends on Tuesday. The government had agreed to free over 27 jailed Naxals in...
  • News 360: Justice after 10 years in a Gujarat riots case April 9, 2012

    The court has convicted 23 people in the Ode massacre case in which several people were burnt alive by a mob. ...
  • Odisha hostage crisis: Naxals make more demands April 9, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: A new twist in the hostage crisis has been playing out in Odisha. The two Naxal outfits have made more demands in exchange for the release of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka and Italian national Paolo Boscusco. This came even after the government bowed down to their demands earlier. The Naxals...
  • 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,...
  • RSS praises Indira Gandhi for stand against terror April 7, 2012

    New Delhi: RSS has praised late Indira Gandhi as the only one who had stood her ground against terror while it took a dig at BJP's Jaswant Singh for accompanying Kashmiri terrorists to secure the release of a planeload of Indian hostages. In its editorial on the current hostage crisis in...
  • 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...
  • Odisha: Centre against swap deal with Maoists April 6, 2012

    New Delhi: The Centre is keenly observing the hostage situation in Odisha and is believed to be against any swap of prisoners with an abducted MLA and an Italian tour guide. The Home Ministry is not involved in any way with the negotiations between the Maoists and the Odisha government...
  • News 360: Did Army Chief anticipate misreading of units movement? April 5, 2012

    As early as March 13, General V K Singh reportedly told 'The Week' magazine that there were people who wanted to make stories for nefarious aims. ...
  • 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...
  • Talking to Maoists only option: PC on Odisha crisis March 31, 2012

    New Delhi: The Centre on Saturday said that Odisha government was rightly talking to the Maoists for the safe release of an abducted Italian and an MLA and any decision on using force to rescue them has to be taken by the state. Home Minister P Chidambaram said the only course...
  • Odisha: Secret deal between abducted MLA, Naxals? March 28, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: It's been five days since BJD MLA Jina Hikaka was abducted in Odisha and there has still been no breakthrough. But sources say he may have been involved in a secret deal with the Naxals in Koraput to wrest control of a Zila Parishad seat. CNNIBN has access to...
  • Odisha MLA abduction: Naxals send letter to CM March 27, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: The Andhra PradeshOdisha Border Special Zonal Committee has claimed responsibility of the abduction of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. The Maoist group has sent another letter believed to be written by the MLA to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. In the letter, the MLA said he was okay and that...
  • Odisha abduction: Naxal group a divided house March 27, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: The ongoing hostage crisis in Odisha has revealed that the Naxal group in the state is a divided house. Rivalry within the ranks is making the task of the Odisha government all the more difficult for negotiating the release of the second Italian hostage and the abducted BJD MLA...
  • Odisha abduction: Govt, Maoists resume talks March 26, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: The second round of talks between the Naxalappointed interlocutors and the government's representatives to end the Odisha hostage crisis began on Monday. While one of the abducted Italians Claudio Colangelo was released on Sunday, talks resumed to secure the release of the second Italian hostage Paulo Bosusco. Naxals released the...
  • Naxals didn't threaten me: released Italian March 26, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: Naxals released one of the two Italian hostages Claudio Colangelo on Sunday after almost two weeks in custody. He said he wasn't threatened. Claudio, who was not keeping well, was handed over to a group of three journalists near Kandhamal who took him to Surada Police Station. He was...
  • 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 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...