Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda's arrest a drama: CPI-Maoist

Bhubaneswar: The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist has said the 18 July arrest of top rebel leader Sabyasachi Panda in Odisha was "a state-sponsored drama".

 Maoist leader Sabyasachi Pandas arrest a drama: CPI-Maoist


Ajay, who claimed to be the spokesman of the CPI-Maoist's Andhra-Odisha border special zonal committee, in a statement on Wednesday said Panda was working for the state government and police after his expulsion from the party two years ago.

He was providing information on Maoist activities to the police and the state government after forming an organisation called Odisha Maoist party, the spokesman said.

"Sabyasachi's arrest is an eyewash, a drama," the Maoist spokesman said in the one-page release written in Odia, the state's official language.

"In the name of encounter", police raided Panda's hideouts. He had prepared grounds to get his men arrested in connivance with the police after surrendering all looted arms, Ajay said.

Sabyasachi Panda was arrested from Berhampur town in Odisha July 18. There was a reward of Rs.5 lakh on him.

He was involved in a number of cases like the Nayagarh and R. Udayagiri armoury loots, killing Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, abduction of two Italian nationals and in many other cases, leading to the killing of 25 security personnel and 34 civilians, police said.

Panda is currently in a 10-day police custody.


Your guide to the latest cricket World Cup stories, analysis, reports, opinions, live updates and scores on Follow us on Twitter and Instagram or like our Facebook page for updates throughout the ongoing event in England and Wales.

Updated Date: Jul 24, 2014 11:52:55 IST