New Delhi: The condition of the abducted BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka remains unclear as the state government says talks with Maoists for his release are yet to begin.
Hikaka was abducted by Naxals on Friday night in Koraput district. Koraput SP confirmed that the BJD MLA was picked up by the Naxals while he was on his way home.
Hikaka was travelling with his driver and personal assistant, who were let off by the Naxals. The BJD MLA's driver said that the abductors identified themselves as Naxals. In posters put up by the Naxals after the MLA was abducted, they have demanded an end to 'Operation Green Hunt'.
Jhina Hikaka, legislator from Laxmipur, was returning home from Koraput when more than 50 armed rebels stopped his vehicle near Toyaput, Koraput Superintendent of Police Avinash Kumar said.
The abduction came 10 days after the Naxals took two Italians hostage from Kandhamal district on March 14 and talks were in progress between rebel nominated negotiators and government representatives to resolve the crisis.
The incident happened hours after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik appealed to the rebels to desist from violence.
With additional information from PTI