Top Maoist produced before court
Police sought permission from the SDJM court to take Ghasi on a 5-day remand for interrogation. The court is yet to take a decision in this regard.
“There is a case in Damanjodi, one in Semiliguda and onother in Lakhmipur pending against him. There are also cases pending outside the state,” public prosecutor P. K. Padhi said.
Meanwhile, defence lawyer has sought some more time in the wake of the ongoing court proceedings.
“As per the Supreme Court’s decision if the police takes him on remand, Ghasi can meet the lawyer and seek the lawyer’s advice during the interrogation,” defence lawyer Nihar Patnaik said.During a press briefing, Soumendra Priyadarshi, DIG, Western Ranage, said the top Maoist leader who was arrested two days before during a joint operation conducted by greyhound, special intelligence and Orissa police, had a prize catch of 1 million rupees.
“We hope that more information can be unearthed from him as he was directly associated with most of the Maoist attacks,” DIG of South Western range Soumendra Priyadarshi said.
Ghasi who hails from Muliapat village under Vishakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh joined the group of rebels as a teen member of the Red army in the forests of Vishakhapatnam in 1991.
Within a span of six years, Ghasi had as many as 60 cases registered against him only in Vishakhapatnam by 1996.
Thereafter, Ghasi spend 20 years of his life as an ultra and played a key role in spreading the Red terro in R. Udaygiri, Koraput, Damanjodi and Nayagarh.
The 38-year-old ultra has also played an instrumental role in the murder of district parishad member Anand Krishnani, Arjun Kendruka and Sarpanch Rabi Khara in Damanjodi.