As an immediate step to ensure that no harm is caused to Krishna and Pabitra Majhi, a junior engineer, the Naveen Pattnaik Government has ordered a complete halt to the security combing operations in the forests of Malkangiri.
The local media also reported that the maoists have not only demanded the immediate stopage of the combing operations but also asked for the immediate release of several of their arrested comrades and have also demanded the closure of the BSF camps. The maoists are also prepared to extend the 48-hour deadline that was given earlier.
CM Mr Pattnaik, on Feb 17, appealed to the maoists for releasing the officials at the earliest. He said, "I appeal for early release of the young and energetic officer known for his hard work among the poor and tribals. I also appeal for the safe release of Majhi."
Home Secretary Upendra Nath Behera said that the Government is ready to talk to the maoists and according to reports Swami Agnivesh has come up with a proposal to mediate between the Government and the maoists in order to secure the release of the abducted duo.
Meanwhile, students and people took out rallies demanding the immediate release of Krishna, which indicates the level of affection and popularity he enjoys among the residents of Malkangiri district.