Orissa: Top Maoist Sabyasachi Panda’s wife held
Posted by Admin on January 16, 2010
BHUBANESWAR: In a major breakthrough, the police in Bhubaneswar on Friday reportedly arrested Subhashree Panda alias Mili, wife of the most
wanted Maoist leader of Orissa, Sabyasachi Panda. However, no police officer is willing to be quoted to confirm her arrest.
Mili, married to the dreaded Maoist leader since 1997, is believed to an active member of the Vamsadhara unit of the outlawed CPI (Maoist). She is understood to be in charge of fund raising for the Vamsadhara dalam led by her husband.
Sabyasachi is leading the Maoist movement in Orissa and had masterminded the daring missions such as 2007 attack on police establishments in Nayagarh town. At least 13 policemen were killed in the incident. He also allegedly killed 38 greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh in Balimela reservoir in the same year.
Sabyasachi is also said to be behind the sensational killing of senior VHP leader Swami Laxmananand Saraswati at his latter’s ashram at Jalesapeta in Kandhamal district on August 23 last year.
The top Maoist married Mili, a native of Nimapara, nearly 60 km from here, in 1997. Mili went underground since her marriage.
Incidentally, her mother Jyotsna Das is the local leader of the ruling Biju Janata Dal and has been elected as a councilor in the Nimapara Notified Area Council.
Sources said she was arrested by a team of Special Operation Group, a dedicated force of Orissa police engaged in anti-Maoist operations, from a house at Palaspalli, a posh locality close to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s residence here.
A laptop, several CDs, an undisclosed amount of cash and maps of some important localities having vital installations and incriminating documents have reportedly been recovered from the lady.
Immediately after her arrest, Subhashree was reportedly taken to the Mahila police station here immediately under heavy police escort and then whisked away in police vehicles to an unknown place for interrogation.
Police sources said she may be produced before the court on Saturday to seek remand in police for a few days.
“She is a prize catch. Her arrest is a severe jolt to the Maoist movement in Orissa,” a senior police, requesting anonymity, told “The ET”.
Siddhartha Panda, brother of the dreaded Maoist leader, however said the couple had snapped links with their respective families since long. Siddhartha, a native of Nayagarh, is a local BJD leader. ET