THE fate of abducted BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka continued to hang in balance as Maoists said a praja court would try him on April 25,while denying reports that one such court was organised on Thursday.
On Thursday,there appeared signs of an early release of Hikaka after reports came that the Maoists had produced him before a people’s court somewhere in Narayanpatna block. But Maoist commander Aruna in fresh audio tape on Friday morning denied any such court being held.
“The issue is…government keeps repeating the same thing… that is to release them. We have not yet held any ‘praja court’. We only decided that our court will/would be held on or before 25th. I can assure you,the MLA is safe and sound. Just like government has its own processes and takes time we also have our own process. There is a lot of disappointment among people here,especially in Narayanpatna because the government keeps repeating the same thing: release those who have been taken prisoners. The government is bringing lot of pressure on us and we ask them not to do so,” Aruna is heard saying in the tape.
The Maoist leader further said they have given a bandh call in Narayanpatna block on April 21 and 22. “We have also decided to observe a protest week beginning April 24 to oppose Operation Greenhunt and recent heavy deployment of central forces in Chhattisgarh,” she said.
Meanwhile,armed Maoists set ablaze four heavy vehicles of a Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana contractor and blocked several roads in Koraput felling trees to protest against the Greenhunt. Police sources said on Thursday night Maoists attacked two camps of a contractor near Pendajam village,about 20 km from the Semiliguda police station,and set fire to a tipper,a concrete mixing machine,a tar-mixing machine and a motorcycle. The rebels also blocked the Narayanpatna-Bandhugaon,Narayanpatna-Parvatipuram,Narayanpatna-Podapadar and Narayanpatna-Laxmipur road by felling trees at many places.
Maoists banners and posters were seen on these roads opposing the Greenhunt operation,deployment of BSF personnel and security forces in Chhattisgarh.