Top Maoists chargesheeted in Laxmananda Saraswati murder case
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Last Updated: Monday, May 09, 2011, 21:19
Bhubaneswar: Three top Maoists were among seven persons chargesheeted on Monday in the killing of VHP leader Laxmananda Saraswati and four of his disciples in Orissa's Kandhamal district about two and half years ago.

The chargesheets for murder, criminal conspiracy and trespass were filed before the sub-divisional judicial magistrate's court at Baliguda in the district after the Crime Branch established prima-facie evidence against the Maoist leaders, its Superintendent of Police RC Behera said.

The three Maoists were, however, at large.

"The top Maoist leaders remain at large. We are trying to arrest five including the three," Behera said.

After the Kandhamal riots, one of the Maoist leaders Sabyasachi Panda alias Sunil had claimed before a group of journalists that the Maoist's 'Bansadhara division' had killed Saraswati.

With the CB filing chargesheet against the seven, the total number chargesheeted rose to 14.

Earlier on January 30, 2009, the Crime Branch had chargesheeted seven persons after taking over the investigation barely five days after the killing of Saraswati and the others.

Two of the seven chargesheeted today were in prison after being arrested in some other case.

Saraswati and the others were killed at Jalespeta Ashram while celebrating the Janmastami festival on August 23, 2008.

At least 38 persons were killed in the riots that followed Saraswati's killing.


First Published: Monday, May 09, 2011, 21:19

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