Bhubaneswar:  The abducted BJD MLA’s fate hangs in balance as the Maoists are likely to produce him in the people’s court on April 25.

In a fresh audio tape released on Friday, the Maoists have said that 37-year-old legislator Jhina Hikaka will be put before the 'praja court' and his fate will be decided accordingly.

Hikaka's abduction

"They may also place some other demands," he said. Hikaka was abducted by the Andhra-Odisha border special zonal committee of the Communist Party of India-Maoist from the district of Koraput on March 24.

The rebels were demanding the release of 29 people in exchange for his release but the government announced that only 13 would be freed.

The state government on Thursday said a total of seven detainees have already filed their bail petitions and four of them have already got bail. It also said two more detainees are also likely to be released soon.