Bhubaneswar: Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda on Monday released a fresh audio tape in Odisha threatening to kill Italian hostage Bosusco Paolo if the state government launches a rescue operation.
The Maoist leader said that the Odisha government had not made it clear as to what demands they had agreed to meet.
Panda further said, "We have information that the Odisha government is planning to launch a police operation against us."
Following the fresh threat from the Maoist leader, Odisha Home Secretary resumed talks with the negotiators. The negotiators appointed to secure the hostages release had suspended all talks terming 10 days of the exercise as inconclusive.
The threat came even as the Odisha government on Monday morning said that it was examining release of some rebels as demanded by Maoists and hoped that the Italian hostage crisis would end soon.
According to a senior official, as the Maoists had demanded release of about 40 rebels from different jails, it would take some time to form a view on the issue after thorough examination. He said, "We are examining as to how the process can be initiated."
Bosusco, who is a tour operator based in Puri, was abducted along with 61-year-old Italian tourist Claudio Colangelo by Maoists while trekking in Kandhamal district on March 14.
Though Colangelo was released by the abductors on March 25 as a goodwill gesture, Bosusco was still in the captivity of Maoists.
Claudio had said that he was treated well by the Maoists during the captivity.
(With Additional Inputs from PTI)