Orissa accepts eight Maoist demands

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Bhubaneswar: The Naveen Patnaik government on February 21 accepted eight of the 14 demands Maoists made for the release of Malkangiri Collector R. Vineel Krishna and Junior Engineer Pabitra Majhi. 

“The demands raised by the Maoists had been formulated into 14 issues, and eight of them had been resolved. The remaining six demands were partly discussed and will be discussed further during the negotiations with the mediators on February 22,” he said. 

The suspected Maoist, Ganti Prasadam, who was brought to Koraput from a jail in Andhra Pradesh on February 20, was being taken to Bhubaneswar to take part in the negotiations, highly placed sources said. 

The demands that were accepted include grant of land rights to tribal people in scheduled areas; minimum displacement of tribals while making space for industries and mining; and grant of the Scheduled Caste status to two communities. 

As for the demand for the release of two suspected women Maoists jailed in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, Orissa agreed to write to the State governments urging them to take action.

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