NEW DELHI: The Maoists responsible for the abduction of two Italian nationals in Odisha on Monday named three mediators for holding talks with the government.
Some sections of the local media said that the three interlocuters were Narayan Sanyal, who is in jail in Jharkhand; Dandapani Mohanti, who helped negotiate between the state government and Maoists to facilitate release of former Malkangiri collector; And Biswapriya Kanunga who is an Odisha based lawyer and human rights activist.
According to the local media, the Maoists have given a deadline till Tuesday for the government to act on their demands. The Maoists reportedly want the government to stop their operations against the Naxals in the state. They also want some of their leaders to be released from jails.