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Naxal behind Jhina abduction to surrender, fight Orissa polls

Hikaka was released, but not before some tough bargaining by Linga and Maoists.

Nachika Linga, who formed the Maoist frontal organisation Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh, is likely to hold a public meeting Tuesday.

The 42-year-old Linga, a tribal leader from Narayanpatna block of Maoist-affected Koraput district, shot to prominence in Apri 2012 when he helped the Maoists abduct BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. Hikaka was released, but not before some tough bargaining by Linga and Maoists.

Linga, who has over 50 criminal cases against him, including abduction and murder, would address a gathering of tribals at Narayanpatna in the presence of social activists like Prafulla Samantra of Lok Shakti Abhiyan and mediapersons. After the meeting, Linga would surrender himself before a local court, activists said.

Linga is likely to contest next month’s Assembly elections as an Independent candidate from Laxmipur constituency of Koraput.
Linga, initially a bonded labourer in Narayanpatna, had fled to Parvatipuram of Vizianagaram district.