April 5th, 2012
04:38 AM ET

Indian authorities propose prisoner swap with Maoist rebels

Indian authorities offered to free 27 prisoners in return for the release of an Italian citizen and a local legislator held hostage by Maoist rebels in the eastern state of Orissa.

The chief minister of Orissa, Naveen Patnaik, appealed in a statement Wednesday to the left-wing insurgents to release the Italian Paolo Bosusco and the state lawmaker Jhina Hikaka immediately, requesting they be "unharmed and in good health."

Bosusco and another Italian tourist, Claudio Colangelo, were abducted in the province's Kandhamal district on March 14. Colangelo was set free 11 days later, but Bosusco has remained captive.

The guerillas also kidnapped Hikaka, a member of the state's legislative assembly.

Patnaik specified that 23 prisoners would be freed to secure Hikaka's release and the other four for Bosusco's.

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  1. Negotiating w/terrorists

    I guess India can affors to negotiate with terrorists. After all, EBRON built Indians their very own Ng fired powerplant with the funds Enron absconded from US, and they get a hefty price break on natural gas they purchase from the Bush-bin Laden Group who own the mineral rights to vast reserves in that region. (The Carlyle Group's foundation members incl. fmr pres HW Bush and 26 members of the Bin Laden family) That powerplant ENRON built with the funds they stole from US IS STILL RUNNING TO THIS VERY DAY IN INDIA.

    April 5, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Negotiating w/terrorists

    ...ENRONS bookkeeper who arranged the deal, Arthur Anderson, was also found guilty along with EBRON. their punishment? Simplt change the name of their bookkeeping service and move next door to the head offices of the IRS in the caymen Islands. Off shore. Out of reach of the Securities and Echange Commission. Their other next door neighbor? The company that makDE voting machines for florida during the Bush-Kerry show. (hanging chards)

    April 5, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |