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Odisha: Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda arrested

     

Posted on 18 Jul 2014

Last updated 06 Jul 2016

  Sabyasachi Panda, Odisha, Maoist, India
Odisha's Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda was expelled from the CPI Maoist party after which he formed “Odisha Maoibadi Party.” Recently his new party came into a cooperation agreement with CPI-ML (Janashakti) party and floated a new party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist).

Basudev Mahapatra

   

Wanted Maoist leader involved in the abduction of two Italian tourists Bosusco Paolo and Claudio Colangelo in the year 2012, Sabyasachi Panda alias Sunil, has been arrested early this morning by Indian Police of Odisha, the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is also home minister, confirmed today saying that arrest of the Naxalite leader is a big success of the Police.

The CM said that Panda was arrested in the southern city of Berhampur, in the region where he used to operate, early this morning during a raid in the city following intelligence inputs.

Naxalite leader Panda was wanted in more than 50 criminal cases, including the murder of Swami Laxamananda Saraswati and four of his followers in Kandhamal district in 2008 that had triggered communal violence in the region.

Panda however was expelled from the CPI Maoist party the same year after which he formed his new party “Odisha Maoibadi Party.” Recently his new party came into a cooperation agreement with CPI-ML (Janashakti) party and floated a new party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist). The aim behind the creation of the new party was to bring like-minded "revolutionaries" on a single platform, experts believed.

Security forces feared that post the creation of the new party, Panda could order a step up in violence in the state's Naxal-infested districts, like Ganjam, Kandhamal, Gajapati and Rayagada.

A mathematics graduate, Sabyasachi Panda is the son of former lawmaker and Marxist communist leader of Odisha late Ramesh Chandra Panda who joined the ruling party Biju Janata Dal in later part of his career.

In order to release the Italian tourists, the provincial government had to enter into mediation with Panda through interlocutors nominated from each side.

While announcing the arrest of Sabyasachi Panda, the Chief Minister of Odisha appealed to the Maoists to shed violence and join mainstream.

Left-wing extremism is a growing issue in Odisha and most of India. Lack of development and growing poverty in rural and outreach India are believed to be the primary reasons behind it.

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