The two Italian tourists who are being held hostage by the Maoists in Odisha Kandhamal district.
THE TWO Italian tourists who are being held hostage by the Maoists in Odisha Kandhamal district. One of the two Italian Bosusco Paolo, has been visiting odisha since 1999 and running a travel agency in Puri , the other Claudio Colangelo, is a tourist. The two were kidnapped from Kandhamal Ganjam border on Saturday night.
Santosh Maharana, a local who was also kidnapped by the Maoists with the Italians has been released . He said that the kidnapping took place on march 14th. All they were taken to a forest, where they were well treated by the Maoists. The Maoists said on an audio message to the news men claiming their responsibility.
The state govt. had managed to get the then Malkangiri collector Mr. Vineel Krishna `s release after 9 days last year in February, but failed to implement the demands agreed and signed in an agreement. But the other side false cases are being initiated against the innocent tribals in south Odisha and put them inside the jails without even sparing the elected representatives. However this time once again the state govt has expressed willingness to hold talks with the Maoists, said U.N.Behera home secretary Odisha.
A sources close to Maoists said that the Maoists will not appoint mediators this time because in the abduction case of of the collector, the state govt. did not honour its promises. The Maoists demanded for an immediate halt combing operation and by releasing Gananath Patra, Sabyasachi`s wife Subhasri Panda and Asutosh Soren. The Maoists also want the state govt. to act on the 13 point charter of demands which include the long standing demands like the release of tribals confined in jails in the name of naxalities and to stop operation green haunt. The incident is being played in a big way by the Italian media. Italian council general JEOL, M.Melchiori reached Bhubaneswar and had a discussion with the govt officials for the release of abducted Italians. When the then collector Malkangiri`s abduction was a national issue, this present incident of abduction of Italians became an international issue. However the Anti Naxal Combing Operation by the security force put to end from Saturday last, according to the source of police information.