BERHAMPUR: With the 10-day remand period of Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda ending on Monday, Berhampur police produced him in the SDJM court here amidst tight security. The court remanded him to judicial custody.
Sabyasachi submitted a six-page letter to the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate. He had submitted a similar letter last week to Ganjam District Judge.
During his production in the court, Sabyasachi said he apprehended threat to his life and the Nayagarh police team should furnish an affidavit that he would not be harmed. He claimed that he was innocent and all the cases filed against him were fabricated.
A team of Nayagarh police, armed with the remand order of Sabyasachi by Nayagarh SDJM, are camping in the city.
During his remand here, a 20-member police team interrogated the Maoist leader from 8 am to 12 noon everyday. Sabyasachi alleged in the court that some of the interrogators were outsiders as they did not wear ID badges. He also reportedly questioned why was he being taken to different locations when the facility of video conferencing is available.
Police said other aspects of the case, including interrogation of the house owner and the doctor who treated Sabyasachi, would be taken up.
As per Mahalakshmi, mother of the house owner, Sabyasachi was staying in the house at Mangalavarampeta as a tenant for nearly a month prior to his arrest. She said Sabyasachi identified himself as a trader and during his stay, he was treated by a dentist and an orthopaedician.