Negotiations are on with the Maoists over the release of the Italian hostage. We are examining the Maoist demands and have informed the mediators about it said disha Home Secretary U N Behera. Nothing has been achieved on the release of kidnapped Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka as the rebels have rejected the government’s offer for negotiation. While the chief minister (Naveen Patnaik) invited the CMAS (Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh) to join talks for the release of the Laxmipur MLA from the captivity of Maoists. One of the abducted Italians who is still in Maoist custody is Boscusco Polo who has been visiting India for 19 years now. He runs a tourism company based out of Puri which take visitors on tribal tours.