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'61 cases pending against Sabyasachi'

Bhubaneswar: At least 61 cases, including the murder of Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and Nayagarh armoury loot case, are pending against Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda alias Sunil, who was arrested in Badabazar area in Berhampur in Ganjam district late on Thursday night, informed Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjiv Marik.

Briefing mediapersons, the DGP said, “Panda is involved in as many as 61 cases. While 21 cases are pending against him in Rayagada district, 25 in Gajapati district, nine in Nayagarh district, two in Ganjam district and one in Berhampur.”

Stating that Sabyasachi was carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head Marik said that he was behind the killing of 25 security personnel and 34 common people in the State.

“He was arrested from Badabazaar area of Berhampur town at around 1 am from a house. A joint team of Berhampur police and intelligence personnel nabbed him. One revolver, 10 mobile phones, one laptop, 500 grams of gold, two hard discs and five pen drives, besides Rs 2 lakh in cash were recovered from his possession,” the DGP stated.

Sabyasachi was active in the “Maoist Movement” in the State for more than two decades. He was the guiding spirit behind formation of Chasi Mulia Samiti and Kui Lawenga Sangha in 1995 in Rayagada and Gajapati districts. Both these organizations were the foundations for spreading Maoist network in those areas.

He was the founder of Bansadhara and Ghumusur Divisions of Odisha State Committee (OSC) and the Secretary of Odisha State Organizing Committee (OSOC) of CPI (Maoist) till 2012. He was operating in Southern Odisha including the districts of Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Kandhamal and Nayagarh.

Sabyasachi Panda was involved in numerous sensational cases like the Nayagarh and R. Udayagiri armoury loot, killing of Swami Laxmananand Saraswati, abduction of two Italian nationals and blowing up of ambulance in Kandhamal besides overall involvement in killing of 25 security personnel and 34 civilians.

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