Interlocutors threaten to pull out of talks with govt

The Maoists have already turned down the state’s offer to send interlocutors to mediate the MLA’s release.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published: March 30, 2012 12:40 am

The interlocutors negotiating the release of Paulo Basusco with the Maoists have threatened to pull out if the Orissa government does not decide by Friday on demands made by the rebels as a condition for the Italian’s freedom.

“We have been negotiating with the state government for the last five days. But there has been no progress…we sought intervention of the chief minister and now he is taking time,” said B D Sharma,one of the two interlocutors. Sources said Sharma was planning to fly out to Delhi Thursday but cancelled his ticket at the last moment.

The Maoists have sent 13 demands to the state,including an assurance on action against policemen involved in fake encounters,custodial deaths and rapes; release of persons re-arrested after acquittal by courts; and release of “innocent persons” jailed for role in Maoist activities.

Meanwhile,Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha leader Nachika Linga,declared a fugitive in the case of abduction of MLA Jhina Hikaka,appeared in Kardapai village in Koraput,slamming the state government’s “repressive activities” in Narayanpatna. The Maoists have already turned down the state’s offer to send interlocutors to mediate the MLA’s release.

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