Italian Released, Praises Maoists, Leaves Orissa Leaving Behind Trails of Shady Deals

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Italian national Paolo Bosusco has been released by Maoists on April 12, coincidentally after Mili Panda was released from jail on judicial determination that the case against her by the State had no evidentiary support.

He was collected by the Italy Ambassador from Bhubaneswar after his arrival in company of a mediator.

Before leaving Bhubaneswar, he volunteered his praises for Maoists. They had treated him nicely to the best of their ability, and even had saved his life from malaria by diagnosing the disease and giving necessary treatment, he has said.

But, he was aggrieved that the Maoists action shattered his business of conducting trekking and adventure tours, which, in course of his 23 years of stay at Puri, had become his principal avocation, as, he was not sure, if he can come back from Italy again.

What would happen to him in his country under his country’s laws as his country’s ambassador sends him to his land we cannot say; but this much can be said that here in Orissa, his business venture styled ‘Orissa Trekking And Adventure’ was a shady venture, not registered under the laws, not run on legal permission. As a foreigner on visitor visa, he had no authority to operate a business, specifically of this type.

Before his abduction, the lawful authorities both in Orissa and the Center had paid no attention to him. Therefore, his activities were not known. In fact, behind the back of both the governments, he was doing his business. What really was he doing? Was ‘Orissa Trekking and Adventure’ a mere cover? It is also a recent venture functioning on Chakratirtha road of Puri. What then was he doing earlier, during the 23 years?

A probe was needed in this matter. But the government has not thought it prudent to probe into it. And, perhaps, the personnel who were hand-in-glove with the foreigner, will breathe in relief as disclosure of shady deals, that he is suspected of, will not be possible in his absence.

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