New Delhi: The one-month long hostage drama which began with the abduction of Italian hostages in Odisha ended Thursday morning at around 10 AM with the Maoists releasing BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka at an undisclosed location 33 days after he was abducted from the same district by the rebels.

The decision to free Hikaka was taken at the 'Praja court' on Tuesday after he gave an undertaking that he will resign from the state assembly and also get the Maoists' demands fulfilled.

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Hikaka was abducted by the Maoists on March 23 from his contituency Laxmipur in Koraput district while returning home.

Clad in a green kurta and pajama, Hikaka was escorted by a group of tribals to Balipeta village in Maoist-affected Narayanpatna area, where he was believed to have been produced in a Maoist 'praja' (people's) court.
The ruling BJD legislator was handed over by the tribals to his wife, Kaushalya Majhi, and a lawyer who fights cases for the ultras and their frontal organisations, Nihar Ranjan Patnaik.
"I am thankful to the tribals and the media for their support. I was very anxious to see him," a relieved and delighted Kaushalya said immediately after meeting her husband.
A medical team, which was present at Balipeta, would examine the 37-year-old, first-time legislator. The release was officially confirmed here by Home Secretary U N Behera who said, "The MLA has been freed by the Maoists."
According to the Maoist Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) which had held him captive and produced him before a 'praja' court, Hikaka had given a written undertaking that he would resign from the state Assembly and from the BJD and work for the people.