ASIA NEWS REPORT: Orissa: Paolo Bosusco released
by Nirmala Carvalho
media and later confirmed by the government and the Italian authorities in
Delhi. Yesterday in an audio message the Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda had
announced the possible release through "democratic process".
Bhubaneshwar (AsiaNews) - Paolo Bosusco, the Italian kidnapped by the
Naxalites in Orissa 29 days ago was released today in the village of Mohona,
Gajapati district. The news was first reported by the local NDTV television
which had ongoing contacts with the Maoist group thorughout the entire episode.
His release was confirmed by the government and the Italian Embassy in
Paol Bosusco's release came one day after an the audio message
from the Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, in which he says would free the
hostages if the government of Orissa honored the agreement signed through
mediators. In the message, the Naxalite leader said that the same Bosusco wanted
the government to release a tribal woman before his release.
of haggling, the government had agreed to release 27 members of the Maoist
group. These included Sushashree Panda, wife of the Maoist leader, released two
Paolo Bosusco, 54, a manager of a tourist agency familiar with
the tribals of Orissa, and Claudio Colangelo, 61, a physician and volunteer
operator, were captured on March 14 by a Maoist group who immediately made a
series of conditions for their release to the Orissa government, which often
ignores the fate of the tribals,.
On 24 March the situation was further
complicated because another Maoist group kidnapped a Hindu nationalist
politician, Jhina Hikaka, from the Biju Janata
Dal (BJD), undermining the dialogue between government and the
Naxalites. But on March 25 Claudio Colangelo, sick with malaria, was released.