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Swami murder accused claims to be Cong man

Swami murder accused claims to be Cong man

Author: PNS
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 30, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/172965/Swami-murder-accused-claims-to-be-Cong-man.html

All those arrested on charge of killing Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati were not Maoists. Though the police claimed that Maoists eliminated the VHP leader in Kandhanmal, others arrested were not the Left-wing ultras.

For instance, Gorakhnath Chalanseth, who was brought to the court on Monday for trial, claimed that he was a Congress man. Chalanseth, who is a former sarpanch of Kotgarh gram panchayat, also claimed that he was active in the Congress till he was arrested. He was also elected as a member in the Kotgarh Panchayat Samiti as a Congress candidate, he told reporters.

While Chalanseth claimed that he belonged to the Congress, no one from the party confirmed it. He further claimed that his arrest was politically motivated.

"We are not Maoists. If you have evidence to prove that we killed Swamiji, hang us," said another accused Bijay Kumar Sanseth. Besides Buddhadev Naik, one of the seven accused arrested in the Swami murder case, none have any crime records, they claimed. Apart from Chalanseth and Bijay, others except Buddhadev claimed that they were innocent and falsely implicated in the murder case as the police wanted to save their face.

Meanwhile, the Crime Branch (CB) of the State police which nabbed the seven persons in the case have already framed charges against them. The CB claimed that it has specific evidence against each of the accused put behind the bars since eight months after the killing of Swamiji.

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