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My Son Not linked to Murder of Laxamananda, says Sabyasachi's Mother

Bhubaneswar, Jan 08: Top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, who was arrested last year, his mother Krishna Devi claimed that her son was not involved in the killing of VHP leader Swamy Laxamananda Saraswati.

While appearing before the Justice AS Naidu Commission on Wednesday, Krishna Devi also denied that the man appeared on TV after the murder was not her son. "I know my son very well. The man who gave the interview on TV after killing of Saraswati is not my son. The government is trying to frame him," she told the Naidu Commission, which is probing the murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, who was assassinated at the night of August 23, 2008 and the incident triggered riots in Kandhamal district.

Sabyasachi's wife Subhashree alias Mili Panda is scheduled to appear before the Commission today.

Sabyasachi, who was the state secretary of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) when the murder of the VHP leader took place, had told a select group of journalists in an interview a few days after the incident that his outfit had killed Saraswati.

The state government had ordered an Inquiry Commission to probe the killing of Saraswati and the subsequent communal violence where 38 people were killed, and several houses of Christian community and churches burnt in Kandhamal.

Sabyasachi was arrested from a rented house in Berhampur on July 17, 2014. He has been charged with the murders of 25 security personnel and 34 civilians, including Laxmananand Saraswati.

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