Today : Monday - Sep 22, 2014, 03:42am (GMT+5.5)
All News  
Top News
National News
International News
Business News
Sports News
   » Cricket
   » Football
Entertainment News
Sci - Tech
Politics News
Health & Fitness
Gulf News
::| Latest News
News in Pictures

Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

National News

Odisha offers to withdraw cases as hostage crisis worsens

Wednesday - Apr 18, 2012, 11:18am (GMT+5.5)
[+] Text [-]

Bhubaneswar -  With the hostage crisis worsening and a day to go before the deadline set by the Maoists lapses, Odisha Tuesday offered to withdraw cases against people named by the rebels in exchange for the release of state legislator Jhina Hikaka.

The announcement from the government came hours after a rebel leader gave an ultimatum to the state to clarify its position by Tuesday evening.

Aruna, a rebel leader in an audio message aired by local television channels earlier in the day, said the government should make concrete announcement on the steps it had taken regarding the release of the prisoners.

Rejecting the earlier announcement by the state that the prisoners have to apply for bail through their lawyers, the rebel leader said the government should take the responsibility of processing the bail applications as they (prisoners) have been framed in false cases.

She also said they will release the hostage by 5 p.m. Wednesday if the government gives specific assurance.

Responding to the latest audio message issued by the rebels, state Panchayati Raj Secretary and one of the government mediators, P.K. Jena, said the government will seriously consider the demands.

Appealing the rebels to release Hikaka first in good health and unharmed, Jena said if the rebels release Hikaka by 5 p.m. on April 18 (Wednesday), the government will seriously consider withdrawal of prosecution (against the detainees) in suitable cases.

Regarding the step taken by the government, he said two people whose release had been demanded by the rebels have already obtained bail from the courts. He also added that steps are being taken for the release of some others.

While the Maoists want the government to free 29 prisoners in exchange for the release of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) lawmaker, the government has said it will release only 25.

Hikaka was kidnapped by the Andhra-Odisha border special zonal committee of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist in his home district of Koraput March 24.

The Maoists have sought the release of 29 prisoners, mostly members of the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS), which works mainly in the southern parts of the state, including Malkangiri and Koraput districts, on tribal-related issues.

According to CMAS leader Nachika Linga, the government must withdraw cases against the prisoners on its own as they were innocent and booked on false charges.

CMAS lawyer Nihar Patnaik said the Maoists had told him not to file bail petitions. "They want the government to move the courts under section 321 of the Criminal Procedure Code," he said.

The section empowers a public prosecutor to seek withdrawal of a case at any time before the judgment is pronounced, he added.


Rating (Votes: )   

blog comments powered by Disqus

Other Articles:
No impact of Adarsh case panel's finding on probe: CBI (18th Apr, 2012)
Indian Army empowered to fast-track special equipment for commandos (18th Apr, 2012)
Delhi votes BJP back to power in civic polls (18th Apr, 2012)
Delhi civic polls: Results at a glance (18th Apr, 2012)
Trial of Geelani's aide begins (18th Apr, 2012)
Bengal schoolboy brings pistol to shoot principal (18th Apr, 2012)
Hazare to go on Maharashtra tour for strong Lokayukta (18th Apr, 2012)
Haryana man strangles daughters after tiff with wife (18th Apr, 2012)
Bengal scientist gets bail (18th Apr, 2012)
'Right to fair trial can't overshadow freedom of speech' (18th Apr, 2012)
Employees' strike paralyses government offices in Kashmir (18th Apr, 2012)
Employees' strike paralyses government offices in Kashmir (18th Apr, 2012)
Woman killed in Punjab for bearing daughters (18th Apr, 2012)
Rescuers struggle to save buried workers in Punjab (18th Apr, 2012)
Delhi votes BJP back to power in civic polls (18th Apr, 2012)
NATO claims its strategy working in Afghanistan: PM (18th Apr, 2012)
This is not the change we wanted: Bengal intellectuals (18th Apr, 2012)
Delhi civic polls: BJP celebrates, Congress sombre (18th Apr, 2012)
Civic polls: Did trifurcation move boomerang? (18th Apr, 2012)
Accept MCD poll results with 'good grace': PM (18th Apr, 2012)
More cases registered in Andhra liquor scam (18th Apr, 2012)
Himachal government in league with land mafia: Congress (18th Apr, 2012)
Will try to build consensus on NCTC: PM (18th Apr, 2012)
Adarsh society plot belongs to government, says judicial panel (18th Apr, 2012)
Eight women killed in Himachal accident (18th Apr, 2012)

Contact Us | Advertise with Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use