Bhubaneswar, March 4 (IANS) Four Maoists including three women, whose release was sought by rebels during the hostage crisis in Orissa last month, got conditional bail Friday from the state high court, a defence lawyer said.
Justice C.R. Dash granted the conditional bail to Gokul Kudldipia, A. Eswari, Rosa Mandingi, and Kendula Sirisa alias Padma, lawyer Prasanta Jena said.
The four will however be freed only after execution of their bail bond in a lower court.
Maoist rebels had abducted the Malkangiri District Collector R.V.Krishna and junior engineer P.M.Majhi Feb 16. The rebels had listed as many as 14 demands for the safe release of the two hostages, including release of several hardcore Maoists languishing in various jails in the state.
The rebels released Majhi Feb 23 and Krishna Feb 25, after the state government fulfilled all their demands and initiated legal process to free some of the rebels.
Two other Maoists, Srinivas Srimanulu and Ganti Prasadam were earlier granted bail by the courts last month.
Although Prasadam is likely to be released after the completion of official procedures, Srimanulu may have to wait for some more time as he faces several other charges.