Fri, 30 Mar 2012 21:19:17 GMT

Hostage crisis: Odisha seeks more time to examine Maoist demands

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday said his government needed more time to examine the demands of the Maoists for the release of an Italian and a ruling party legislator.


Hostage crisis: Odisha seeks more time to examine Maoist demands

Patnaik said his government has received the recent demands of the rebels through their two negotiators for the release of Italian Bosusco Paolo, 54, who continues to be in the captivity of the rebels since March 14.

"Since these demands involve further examination, little more time is required by our state government," Patnaik told the assembly.

Paolo was abducted along with another Italian, Claudio Colangelo, 61, from a forested area on the border of state's Ganjam and Kandhamal district.

The rebels last Sunday released Colangelo in a 'good will gesture'. They have been however insisting the government fulfill their 13 demands for the release of the second Italian, including a ban on the visit of tourists to the tribal areas, halt to anti-Maoist operations and release of several prisoners.

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