BHUBANESWAR, March 25 � One of the two Italians abducted by Maoists, tourist Claudio Colangelo, was today released unharmed by ultras, 11 days after being taken hostage in Kandhamal district, while his compatriot was still held captive by the rebels, reports PTI.
A visibly relieved 61-year-old Colangelo, who was handed over to a group of media personnel by the Maoists, told reporters, �It was frightening�.
Colangelo said he has spoken to his wife and his entire family has heaved a sigh of relief over his being freed by the Left-wing extremists.
He denied reports that photographs of tribals were being taken by them when the Maoists captured them. �No photographs were being taken.�
On reports that police had warned them against entering the jungles, he said on the contrary, �we went in only after police allowed us�.