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Chhattisgarh govt forms committee to look into Collector's abduction


The Chhattisgarh government has decided to appoint a sub-committee under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Raman Singh to look into the abduction of Collector Alex Paul Menon by the Naxals.


Chhattisgarh slows down anti-Maoist drive till Menon's release

The Chhattisgarh government has virtually called a halt to its anti-Maoist offensive till Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon is released from captivity, official sources said on Monday.

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BJD MLA completes 30 days in captivity


BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka on Monday completed a month in captivity of Maoists even as all including Odisha government were anxiously waiting for the 'praja (people's) court' proposed by the naxals to decid

Maoists decide to keep MLA hostage till April 25


Early release of ruling BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka in Odisha looked remote today as Maoists decided to keep the tribal legislator hostage till April 25 and announcing another people's court to decide his

Now Maoists say Hikaka will be tried April 25


Maoists in Odisha have set April 25 as the date to try Jhina Hikaka in a kangaroo court amid rumours that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator - held hostage by the rebels for three weeks - would be r

SC seeks Centre, Odisha response on PIL against Naxals’ release


The Supreme Court on Thursday sought response from the Centre and the Odisha government on a petition seeking to restrain the release of jailed Maoists in exchange for captive BJD MLA Jina Hikaka.

Maoists produce Hikaka in people's court


Maoists on Thursday produced abducted ruling BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka before a people's court to decide his fate, a day after the Odisha government said it would withdraw cases against 13 prisoners in

Ex-Army officer moves SC to stop Orissa from releasing Naxals

Hours before the deadline set by Naxals for release of their jailed members in exchange of an abducted Orissa MLA, a retired Army officer on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court to restrain the s

Swiss woman held in rebel-held north Mali: Official

A Swiss woman has been abducted in the rebel-held northern Malian city of Timbuktu, now controlled by Islamist fighters, a local official and a resident of the town said on Sunday.

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Odisha govt hopes MLA will be released soon


With the Maoists dropping the name of a hardcore ultra from the list of their 30 jailed associates and extending the deadline, the Odisha government on Monday expressed hopes that BJD MLA Jhina Hik

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