October 17, 2008 02:45 IST
In a major breakthrough the Orissa police on Thursday claimed that the
mastermind behind Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Laxamananda Saraswati's
killing had been identified as a group had hired the Maoists to execute
"Maoists were given money to train certain youth of a particular community to
eliminate Saraswati," inspector general of police, crime branch, Arun
Ray told PTI asserting the mastermind of the killings had been identified.
Stating the mastermind had fled Orissa, the IG said "we will trace them soon."
The plan to eliminate Saraswati was made immediately after the
December, 2007 communal violence in Kandhamal, he added.
Elaborating the probe by the crime branch, Ray said investigations also showed that
a group had collected money from some villages in Kandhamal which was
given to the Maoist group to train their youth for the purpose. At
least 60 youth were given arms training by the Maoists, the IG said
dwelling on the inputs from the three arrested persons.
Ray said members of a particular community were unhappy with Saraswati and
held him responsible for the riots which took place during Christmas in
2007. They requested a Maoist group to assist them in killing
Saraswati, he said.
Confirming that six Telugu-speaking persons fired at Saraswati and others, the crime branch investigation revealed that the trained group were guarding the ashram at Jalespeta in Kandhamal during the incident.
Refusing to divulge identity and religion of the mastermind behind the killing which
sparked communal violence in Kandhamal, The IG said the Maoists only
executed the crime.
1) TILL NOW NO TV CHANNEL HAS COVERED THIS NEWS.
2) Why would Telgu speaking Maoists come from distant place to establish secular credentials and kill swamiji.
3) TOI has covered it as if Maoists are the real killers as indicted by police report. Ignoring the fact that they were merely hired killers.The actual persons responsible are different from Maoists.
4) Its all fair in war against BJP /VHP etc., And Truth as usual is the first casualty in a war.