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No negotiations with abductors

Abductors, hijackers, kidnappers, pirates and terrorists are criminals. Governments should not negotiate with criminals.

Maoists in Kandhamal have abducted two Italians, Paulo Boscusco and Claudio Colangelo. It is too bad that Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik has said Orissa government is open to any kind of negotiation with the abductors.

Naveen Patnaik should say “The abductors must release the hostages immediately and unconditionally. We will not negotiate with criminals. Any negotiation in the past was a mistake. We will not repeat our mistakes. I withdraw the offer any kind of negotiation. It is the duty of the state government to uphold law and order. Within one hour we must hear from the two Italians that they are free. Otherwise we will launch an operation to rescue hostages and catch abductors dead or alive. We will fight criminals. We will fight day in and day out. We will fight in season and out of season. We will fight during summer, monsoon, winter, autumn and spring. We will fight day and night. We will fight during light and darkness. We will fight from dawn to dusk and dusk to dawn. We will fight when the sun rises and the sun goes down. We will fight when the moon rises and the moon goes down. We will fight when there are stars in the sky and when there are no stars in the sky. We will fight unceasingly. Neither shall we be tired, nor shall we be weary. We will catch the criminals wherever they are. The criminals may run but they will not escape. We will smoke them out of their hiding places.”

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