BHUBANESWAR: Police on Sunday said the Maoists released one of the two Italians, Claudio Colangelo, who were kidnapped 11 days ago in Odisha.
On Saturday, the rebels kidnapped ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka in Koraput district.
The kidnapping of 37-year-old Hikaka took place even as the government was holding dialogue with the rebels through their mediators for the release of the Italians.
The government also promised that there would be no coercive action by the security forces as long as there is no violence from the Maoists.
The rebels have set 13 demands for the release of hostages including a ban on the visit of tourists to the tribal areas, halt to anti-Maoist operations, and release of several prisoners.