As early as March 13, General V K Singh reportedly told 'The Week' magazine that there were people who wanted to make stories for nefarious aims.
Patnaik decided to release 15 CMAS activists and 8 Maoists to secure the release of abducted BJD MLA and Italian hostage.
Patnaik decided to release 15 CMAS activists and eight Maoists to secure the release of abducted MLA Jhina Hikaka.
Home Secretary UN Behera led a three-member team of government representatives in the talks with Maoist-named mediators.
The district administration's ban follows abduction of two Italian tourists and an MLA by the Maoists in the state.
Following the fresh threat from Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, Odisha resumed talks with the negotiators.
The Maoists have demanded release of about 40 rebels from different jails and it would take some time to form a view on the issue, an official said.
Chidambaram said the only course available to Odisha govt was to hold negotiations with the Maoists for the safe release of the hostages.
Sources say Hikaka may have been involved in a secret deal with the Naxals wrest control of a Zila Parishad seat.
The AP-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of the Maoists on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the abduction of the BJD MLA.
The Andhra Pradesh-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee has claimed responsibility of Jina Hikaka's abduction.
Koraput SP confirmed that Jhina Hikaka was picked up by the Naxals while he was on his way home.
Rivalry within the ranks is making the negotiating task of the Odisha government more difficult.
The Army Chief claimed that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore to clear the purchase of sub-standard vehicles for the forces.
Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda defended the Italians' abduction urging the government to stop tribal tourism.
There is still no word on the second abducted Italian Bosusco Paolo or even BJD MLA Jina Hikaka.
Maoists have made two demands before the Odisha government to set the second Italian hostage free.
The 61-year-old tourist said that he "never really felt threatened" as the Maoists did not treat them badly.
Hikaka created a political sensation in his maiden election by drubbing Hema Gamang (Cong), the former Laxmipur MLA and wife of former CM Giridhar Gamang.
The released hostage, Claudia Colangelo, was abducted by the Maoists on March 14 along with three others.
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