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Italian hostage crisis: Cong blames intelligence

The Italians were taken hostage on March 14 but the Maoists had reported it late on March 17 through the media.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:March 21, 2012, 4:31 AM IST
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Italian hostage crisis: Cong blames intelligence
The Italians were taken hostage on March 14 but the Maoists had reported it late on March 17 through the media.

Bhubaneswar: The Italian hostage crisis issue figured in Odisha Assembly for the second day on Tuesday with Opposition Congress alleging failure of intelligence system as the incident came to light through media four days after the foreigners were abducted by Maoists.

Though the two Italians were abducted by Maoists on March 14, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told the Assembly on Monday that the government came to know about the incident from media only on March 17, Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh said in the house.

It showed the whole intelligence system of the state police had failed to discharge its duty as such a serious matter came to the notice of the government through media, he said.

Singh said the deadline set by the abductors was approaching and the government must spell out what steps it was taking to ensure safe release of the hostages.

Another matter of worry was that one negotiator had expressed his reluctance to be part of the discussion to end the hostage crisis, he said.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Raghunath Mohanty said no detail discussion on the hostage crisis was necessary as the chief minister would inform the house regularly on its developments.

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