Maoists release Indian lawmaker after 32 days

Maoist rebels have freed an Indian state lawmaker they kidnapped last month.

By (AP)

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Published: Thu 26 Apr 2012, 4:49 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:42 AM

They had released an audio tape Wednesday saying Orissa state legislator Jhina Hikaka would be freed after he told a rebel court he would resign from government.

Hikaka told local TV on Thursday he would do “whatever the Maoists have said.” He gave no further information.

The rebels kidnapped two Italian men and a district official in recent weeks. The Italians were freed after some Maoist prisoners were released. The district officer remains in custody.

The rebels claim inspiration from Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong and are demanding land and jobs for impoverished tribal communities.

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