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Meet some demands, will free 1 Italian: Maoists

Mar 21, 2012 11:11 AM IST India India

Bhubaneswar: Maoists have offered to release one of the two abducted Italians in Odisha on the condition that the government accepts some of their 13 demands.

Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda has made the offer in an audio tape accessed by CNN-IBN.

Government has been saying that it is not possible to meet all 13 demands made by the Maoists. However, Maoist leader Panda said that four of the 13 demands made by them can be met.

Meanwhile, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has hit out at the Centre for not helping the state in the case. He said that the central government did not do anything to end the hostage crisis.

"Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Union Home Department are not displaying urgency in the hostage crisis issue. SM Krishna did not even attend to my call initially when the Italian tourist abduction took place," he told CNN-IBN.

The Chief Minister also said that one of the negotiators Narayan Sanyal was not acceptable to the state government as several cases have been slapped against him.

Reacting to Patnaik's allegations, Home Minister P Chidambaram said, "If Patnaik has said that then I am very disappointed. I spoke to him on Sunday and he didn't make any specific request for the Centre's help. The Home Secretary has spoken to the Chief Secretary twice and the DGP once and no such request came forth. I don't think the Chief Minister of a state should make such statements."

Two Italians - Puri-based tour operator Paolo Bosusco and tourist Claudio Colangelo - were abducted while trekking in Kandhamal district on March 14.

The two Italians had driven down from Puri and entered a forested area inspite of being warned by the Daringibadi police about the presence of Maoists.

A driver and cook who were accompanying them and their vehicle were released by the Maoists subsequently.

A report from Puri said that the driver, Kartik Parida, and cook, Santosh, were interrogated by the police.