There is likely to be some respite for Odisha government as Maoists may release BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka tomorrow, reports said.
The Biju Janata Dal MLA could reportedly walk free at 10 am at Koraput district.
The decision to release Hikaka was taken at the ‘praja court’ (people’s court) which tried the BJD legislator at Narayanpatna in Koraput, reports said.
According to reports, Maoists claimed that they decided to release Hikaka after he admitted his mistakes.
Reports said that Jhina Hikaka has been asked to put in his papers by Maoists. The BJD MLA has been asked to resign the moment he is freed. “Moaists have asked Hikaka to quit for not fulfilling people’s aspirations,” reports said.
Notably, the news of Hikaka’s release assumes significance since the deadline set by Maoists for the government of Odisha is ending today.
Hikaka, who has spent more than a month in Maoists captivity, was kidnapped by the Maoists in his home district of Koraput on March 24.