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Maoists set Thursday deadline for abducted Odisha legislator


Maoists holding ruling Biju Janata Dal lawmaker Jhina Hikaka for the past 10 days in Odisha on Tuesday gave an April 5 deadline to the state government to fulfill their demands.

This was conveyed thr

Odisha Maoists yet to respond to mediators' appeal


Maoists are yet to respond to the appeal made by their mediators two days ago to release an Italian held hostage by them in Odisha since March 14, an official said on Monday.

"There has been no respo

‘Taxi owners must enforce guidelines’


The police need to adopt a new perspective on security given the number of kidnaps,
robberies, and even murder of citizens, many of them as a result of travelling in private transport such as cabs la

Kidnap: Cabbies’ way to big bucks


In less then 48 hours, the city has witnessed a second kidnapping. While the jeweller kidnapped in the first incident was not so lucky, the BMRCL engineer who was the second victim was rescued near Ma

Hikaka's abductors turn down request to name mediators


The abductors of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka on Thursday turned down the Odisha government's request to name negotiators for talks, while parleys for the release of Italian Paolo Bosusco from Maoist capti

Maoists reiterate demands to free second Italian


The Italian still held captive by Maoists in Odisha is in good health, but the government should fulfill their demands - including banning tourist visits to tribal areas - to secure his release, the r

Government-Maoist talks resume in Odisha hostage crisis


The Odisha government and the Maoist-nominated mediators on Monday resumed negotiation to free the abducted Italian as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik made a fresh appeal to the Naxals to release him

Woman arrested for kidnapping father

A woman was on Monday arrested on charges of kidnapping her father in Mussoorie area of the district, police said.

She was produced before a court, which sent her to 14 days in judicial custody along

Orissa MLA kidnap: CM Patnaik sends ministers to negotiate with Maoists


Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has decided to send two ministers of his government to the state's Korapur District to negotiate with the Maoists and seek the release of abducted Biju Janata Dal

Hostage crisis: Interlocutors unhappy, say no more talks

Odisha government is having a tough job at hand in rescuing the abducted Italians and BJD MLA from Maoists.

On Saturday, two negotiators for the ultras, B.D. Sharma and Dandapani Mohanty suspended a

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