Odisha's Top Maoist held

Odisha’s top Maoist Sabyasachi Panda, accused in several cases including the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati in 2008 that triggered a fierce ethno-religious conflict in Kandhamal and adjoining districts, was arrested in Berhampur in Ganjam district late on Thursday, and produced before a lower court for extended custody for questioning by the police.Panda was nabbed after security personnel swooped down on Mangalavarampeta around 1 am and, after unsuccessfully raiding three houses, found the hardcore rebel holed up in a fourth house, said the police.
Describing the hunt, SP, Berhampur, Anirudh Singh said, “We first wrongly identified the house Panda was in. When we got the right address, there was an iron gate locked from inside. We climbed up the roof and entered the house from the rear. By then, he had escaped to another house, where he eventually got him.”

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