April 26th, 2012
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MLA Jhina Hikaka released by Maoists

jina-hikaka-releasedBhubaneshwar: Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka, who had been held hostage by the Maoist’s for the past 32-day was finally released today. The Maoists released the 37-year-old tribal legislator on the outskirts of Balipeta village in Narayanpatna Block of Koraput district at 10.30 a.m. The people’s court of the Naxals had earlier decided to released Biju Janata Dal (MLA) Jhina Hikaka.

The decision to release Hikaka was taken by the Maoists after he gave an undertaking that he would resign from the state assembly and also try to get their demands fulfilled. The Maoists had demanded for the release of 29 persons from jail. The State government, however, had agreed to facilitate the release of 25 persons. But none of the 25 had been released so far despite the government reiterating time and again that it was taking necessary steps to facilitate their release.

Mr. Hikaka was received by his wife Kaushalya Majhi and Nihar Ranjan Patnaik, a Koraput-based lawyer when he came walking from a nearby forest area. He was accompanied by a large number of local people and activists of the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS). Talking to mediapersons after his release, Hikaka said he was happy to be a free man, adding that he was treated well by the Maoists. Hikaka, however, refused to say anything on the issue of his resignation.


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