Orissa agrees to demands, hostages to be freed in 48 hours (Lead)

February 22nd, 2011 - 10:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Feb 22 (IANS) The district collector and engineer kidnapped by Maoists in Orissa last week are safe and will be back at home in 48 hours as the state government had agreed to most of the rebels’ demands, a mediator said Tuesday.”We expressed our satisfaction at the outcome of our mediation,” said G. Haragopal, one of the three mediators chosen by the guerrillas, adding that the mediators were working on the modalities for the hostages’ release in the next 48 hours.

The announcement came after state Home Secretary U.N. Behera and Panchayati Raj Secretary S.N. Tripathy held talks with the negotiators Dandapani Mohanty and academicians G. Haragopal and R. Someswar Rao at a state guest house here for hours.

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