BHUBANESWAR: The Crime Branch (CB) of Odisha Police has begun the process for seeking remand of dreaded Maoist Sabyasachi Panda.
On Wednesday, the CB submitted the petition of remand before the Court of Kandhamal District and Sessions Judge at Phulbani. A similar petition will be filed before the Nayagarh court on Thursday.
Currently, Sabyasachi is in custody of Berhampur Police which has been granted a 10-day remand.
However, as per the procedures, the accused will have to be produced before the magistrate where he is charged with criminal offences following which his/her police or judicial remand can be granted.
Sabyasachi is accused in at least 12 cases in Kandhamal and Nayagarh. In 2008 February, he and his team of over 100 members laid siege to district headquarters town of Nayagarh.
The ultras attacked the armoury of the District Police and Police Training School. After killing 15 policemen, they fled with a huge cache of arms and ammunition.
Later in the year, armed Maoists attacked the Jalespeta ashram of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and gunned him down. Both these cases are being investigated by the Crime Branch.
Meanwhile, the Justice AS Naidu Commission, which is probing into the killing of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, is also likely to quiz Panda. A notice will be sent in this connection shortly.