convicted seven Christians for the murder of the Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati – wikipedia


On 30 September 2013, Additional district judge Rajendra Kumar Tosh at an Additional district and sessions court in Phulbani convicted seven Christians for the murder of the Swami. However on 01 October 2013, the same court also convicted a Maoist leader from Andhra Pradesh for the same crime. The defence lawyer, S.K. Padhi said there was not enough evidence against the seven accused so they would appeal in a higher court. However the prosecution lawyer said that there was ample evidence against the accused. [24]swamiji-3
The Times Of India
Security tightened in Kandhamal ahead of sentencing in Laxmanananda Saraswati murder case

BERHAMPUR: Security was tightened in Kandhamal district on Wednesday ahead of pronouncement of judgment on the quantum of sentence to eight persons convicted in the murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his associates in 2008. Additional district and sessions judge Rajendra Kumar Tosh had reserved the order for October 3.

“Twenty platoons of armed force have been deployed in the district. Besides sensitive areas, they are guarding temples, churches and the district judge court at Phulbani,” said additional superintendent of police, Kandhamal, Govinda Mallick. Patrolling has been intensified in interior areas to prevent any untoward incident, he added. The killing of the seer had triggered widespread ethno-communal riots in the district, leaving at least 38 dead and thousands homeless.

Besides Maoist Pulari Rama Rao alias Udaya, those convicted in the killing are Duryodhana Sunamajhi, Munda Badamajhi, Sanatana Badamajhi, Ganath Chalanseth, Bijaya Kuamr Sanaseth, Bhaskar Sunamjhi and Budhadev Nayak of villages under Kotagarh and Tumudibandh police station limits. The court, however, acquitted Somanath Dandasena alias Jadu of Chandraput in Rayagada district for lack of evidence.

The Crime Branch, investigating the incident, had filed chargesheet against 14 people. While nine were arrested, others, including Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, are on the run, sources said.

ND TV India News On That case
Eight get life sentence in Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati murder case
Bhubaneswar: Eight convicts, including a Maoist, was sentenced to life in prison by a court in Odisha today for the murder of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his aides in 2008.

The special additional district sessions court at Phulbani, the headquarters of Kandhamal district, about 200 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, also imposed a fine of Rs.10,000 on each of them, prosecution lawyer Ramesh Mohanty told IANS.

Those awarded the jail term and fine are Duryodhan Suna Majhi, Munda Bada Majhi, Sanatan Bada Majhi, Garnatha Chalanseth, Bijay Kumar Samseth, Bhaskar Suna Majhi and Budhadev Nayak and Pulari Rama Rao alias Uday.

Rama Rao alias Uday was a Maoist leader while others are local residents, the prosecution lawyer said.

The VHP leader and his four aides were killed at their ashram by then unidentified gunmen at Jaleshpata in Kandhamal district on August 23, 2008.

Five accused, including Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, wanted for the crime, are still untraced and on the run, police said.

The killing of Saraswati and his aides triggered violence in the state, in which at least 38 people were killed.


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