New Delhi: Following the abduction of two Italian tourists and a legislator of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Orissa, the NSG commando battalion is all set to reach the eastern state, although the government has not asked for any help from the Centre.

After speaking to Home Minister P Chidambaram, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was assured that if required, the NSG commando battalion, which have been kept on alert mode, are prepared to come to the state to handle the hostage crisis. Sources, however, said that Patnaik did not seek any help from the Centre.

Odisha Chief Secretary B K Patnaik also called up Union Home Secretary R K Singh to brief him about the prevailing situation in the state.

Official sources said the elite National Security Guard Commandos have been kept on standby mode and may be rushed to Odisha at a short notice to assist the state security forces to rescue the kidnapped persons.

Maoists allegedly abducted Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka from Koraput district early on Saturday.

The Maoists abducted Hikaka, ten days after they took two Italians hostage from Kandhamal district on March 17. The talks are on between the rebel-nominated negotiators and government representatives to resolve the hostage crisis.