Cuttack: The Orissa High Court on Tuesday
directed the state government to submit a status report before
it within seven days on the arrest of a woman Maoist of
Deogarh district whose mother had filed a habeas corpus writ.
Banita Gadnaik of Jujomara in Deogarh district, who
had earlier claimed that her daughter, Sulochana, died in
2006, petitioned the high court on Monday stating that she was
alive and had been living with her all these days and was
picked up by the police on January 12 this year from her
She said she had announced her daughter, a Maoist,
dead in 2006 under police pressure.
Apprehending that the police had killed her
in a fake encounter, Banita prayed for a direction for the
production of her daughter in court.
When the petitioner`s counsel informed the court
that Sulochana had been produced in a local court by the
Deogarh police, the Division Bench of Chief Justice V Gopala
Gowda and Justice B N Mohapatra directed the state government
to submit a detailed report on the case by next week.
Banita at a police awareness camp in 2006 had
declared that an expectant Sulochana had died during
hospitalization on November 16, 2006 at the Deogarh Government