Seven convicted for Laxmanananda murder of 2008

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  1. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    The conviction of 7 people for the murder of the Swami and 4 aides took place as same day of Lallu Prasad's conviction in Fodder scam, not much publicity for this.

    The riots against Christians took place after murder of Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati and four of his aides that was blamed on Maoists. The murder was actually committed by a mob of 50 Christians that was angry with the Swami for reconverting tribals to Hinduism.

    While the killing of Graham Staines received much media attention killing of Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati jithat lead to violence against Christians in Orissa is ignored.

    Same with Gujarat riots - while media goes on and in about Gujarat 2002 for last decade, Godhra train burning in which 58 Hindu men, women and children were locked up and burned alive is never mentioned.

    It seems Hindus in their land of origin must keep quiet about violence against their own people.

    Seven convicted for Laxmanananda murder of 2008
    IANS | Sep 30, 2013

    BHUBANESWAR: A court in Odisha Monday held seven people guilty of the murder of Swami Laxmananda Saraswati and four of his aides in Kandhamal district of Odisha in 2008, a lawyer said Monday.

    Special additional district session Judge R.K. Tose pronounced the verdict in his court at Phulbani, the headquarters of Kandhamal district, about 200 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, prosecution lawyer Bhagaban Mohanty told IANS.

    The quantum of sentence would be pronounced Oct 3, he said. Those convicted were Duryodhan Suna Majhi, Munda Bada Majhi, Sanatan Bada Majhi, Garnatha Chalanseth, Bijay Kumar Samseth, Bhaskar Suna Majhi and Budhadev Nayak.

    The convicts were part of a mob of about 50 people who had attacked the swami and his aides, the lawyer said. All of the convicts are Christians and they had committed the crime because according to them the swami was forcing Christians to convert to Hinduism, the lawyer said.


    Two of the men were convicted under the Indian Arms Act, 1959, for possession of illegal guns, the lawyer said. "The judge convicted them purely on the basis of circumstantial evidence and the deposition of witnesses," said lawyer Mohanty.

    Saraswati and four of his aides were killed at his ashram at Jaleshpata in Kandhamal district Aug 23, 2008. The killing triggered communal violence in the state, in which at least 38 people were killed.

    More than 25,000 Christians were forced to flee their homes after their houses were attacked by rampaging mobs, who held Christians responsible for the murders. Police, however, blamed the murders on the Maoists.


    Police arrested seven people and filed a charge sheet against them in January 2009. The crime branch subsequently arrested two more people, including Maoist leader Polari Rama Rao. It also filed a supplementary charge sheet in 2011 against them and five others, including Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, who are still absconding.

    The court is scheduled to pronounce its judgment on the second charge sheet Tuesday.

    The BJP welcomed the decision. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashok Sahu said: "We welcome the court's verdict. The investigation should continue till all the conspirators are nabbed." "A criminal has to be punished whichever religion he belongs to. The moment he commits a crime he loses his religion," Orissa Minority Forum president Swarupananda Patra told IANS.
     
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    Interesting how this whole incident was mostly ignored by the mainstream media. This was a clear case of protestant Christian missionary terrorism working with Maoists.
     
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    I had posted earlier that it was a conspiracy against Hindus and now the court has proven it just like the Godhra train burning.
     
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    @happy any comments regarding peacful conversions??
     
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    I didn't understand your question clearly.

    If you are talking about the 1st post then there is only justice being done. Court has found them guilty. They have committed a crime. They have to be punished.

    That is why I have been saying all along.....Religion/Belief in one's own God is a free will. It shouldn't be forced on anyone Christian or otherwise. The moment it is being forced on someone, the results will become more negative than positive.

    Those people deserve it.
     
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    Seven found guilty in Kandhamal seer murder case

    Seven found guilty in Kandhamal seer murder case



    BHUBANESWAR: A court in Phulbani on Monday convicted seven persons for murdering Hindu seer Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four others in Kandhamal district in 2008.

    Additional district and sessions judge Rajendra Kumar Tosh found the seven guilty of murder and fixed October 3 for pronouncement of the quantum of punishment.

    The seven - Bijaya Kumar Sanaseth, Buddhadev Naik, Sanatan Badamajhi, Duryodhan Sunamajhi, Bhaskar Sunamajhi and Munda Badamajhi and Gadanath Chalanseth - were convicted for murder, criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly and rioting. They were also held guilty under various provisions of the Arms Act. All of them are natives of villages in Kotagarh and Tumudibandh blocks in tribal-dominated Kandhamal.

    On Tuesday, the court is scheduled to deliver its judgment on two other accused - Pulari Rama Rao and Somanath Dandasena - in the case.

    Unidentified gunmen shot dead Saraswati and four others, including a woman, at his ashram at Jalespeta in Tumudibandh during Janmashtami celebrations on August 23, 2008, triggering widespread ethno-communal riots leaving at least 38 dead and thousands homeless.

    Of the 14 accused in the case, police arrested nine persons, four of whom are on the run, said public prosecutor Anil Kumar Pradhan. One of accused - Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda - is still at large.

    On September 5, 2011, the crime branch of Odisha police had filed its second chargesheet in the case before the trial court, stating it had got prima facie evidence against seven Maoists - Sabyasachi Panda, Udaya (alias Pulari Rama Rao), Jadu (alias Somanath Dandasena), Ajad (alias Azad Duna Keshava Rao), Dasru, Lalu and Lakhmu.

    Sangh scoffed at Red version

    Sabyasachi, his face concealed, had given television interviews stating that he and other Maoists had killed the octogenarian seer because the latter was spreading hatred in the name of religion. The Sangh Parivar, including the BJP, and several other organizations, had scoffed at the Maoists' version, saying that some Christian missionaries and fanatics had plotted to eliminate Saraswati, who was opposing proselytisation practised by some church-goers.

    The police have registered cases against them under sections 302 (murder), 449 (trespass to commit offence), 380 (theft in dwelling house), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act. The chargesheet, sources disclosed, said Maoist leaders formed a "militia group" to execute the plan to gun down Saraswati.

    Sub-divisional police officer, Baliguda, Kanwar Vishal Singh, who is the in-charge SP (Kandhamal), told TOI: "Security has been tightened in sensitive pockets of the district in the wake of the court verdict. Adequate forces have been deployed and round-the-clock patrolling intensified. We are checking vehicles entering the district." No untoward incident was reported.

    Seven found guilty in Kandhamal seer murder case - The Times of India
     
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    Re: Seven found guilty in Kandhamal seer murder case

    Implications Of Court Verdict In Kandhamal Riots

    29th June 2010 must be considered an important day in the history of Indian judicial system. Not that some new law was promulgated on that day nor was any new judicial body set up. There was not even a major judicial structural change as well. Yet, what happened that day is something that would go a long way in restoring our faith in Indian socio-political structure. At the same time, it would help redeem the respect of Indian populace for our judicial system.

    It is on this date that in Kandhamal district Orissa in, an important judgment was delivered that went on to sentence the powerful local politician and MLA from an important political party in matters related with communal riots. What is even more heartening is that the judgment was delivered by a fast-track court within a span of 2 years of the happening of the incidence. Manoj Pradhan, the influential leader of Kandhamal and a present-time MLA was supposed to be close to Swami Laxmanananda.

    It was August 2008 that the murder of an important Hindu religious leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his aides had trigged a massive and highly damaging riot which went on for days (which has been alleged by many as being a result of the deliberate laxity on the government’s part). The end result was what always happens in every riotous situations- the poor and the have-nots bore the brunt of the attack. While thousands of Christians were forced to leave their houses, the heat was equally felt by the poor Hindu tribal communities. It is alleged that Manoj Pradhan played a major role in instigating the riots and led it from the front, taking part in arson, murder and other heinous offences during the riots. Pradhan later got arrested and subsequently got his bail.

    Meanwhile the matter came for trial before the Fast Court Track in Kandhamal district. Nearly two dozen cases were registered in different police stations in that period. In fact 17 cases were registered against Manoj Pradhan himself. So far decision in 12 cases related to him have come and he has been absolved in 11 of them. In the latest judgment he has been found guilty along with Pafulla Mallik and 14 others on charges of rioting, causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons and arson. They have been given 7 years of rigorous imprisonment each. Thus five cases are still pending before him.

    The judgment has been received by different people in different ways. There is a group that says that the punishment has been too less and lenient considering the heinous nature of the crime. They would have been satisfied if the maximum prescribed punishment were imposed on the accused. The other group has an exactly opposite view and openly claim that Manoj Pradhan was falsely implicated in the matter and he is completely innocent. They say that an appeal will be made in the Orissa High Court which shall help bring forth the truth. There are also the sufferers and the poor people who are too frightened to articulate any opinion in any way and for whom the only thing that matters is that such things don’t repeat again.

    For a person like me and you, it would neither be prudent nor legal to comment on the judgment per se and give our own opinion, it still being in the judicial process. But one thing that really gives me immense satisfaction is the fact that justice (whether as acquittals or as convictions) is being delivered in these cases in a relatively fast manner, that too considering the fact that this is a highly contentious, political and religiously charged and emotive issue. “Justice delayed is justice denied” they say but due to so many reasons this is exactly what is happening in our country in many cases. Look at the SPS Rathode case in Haryana. In incidence took place in 1990 and the judgment was delivered in 2010. What meanings do such judgments have for all the concerned parties? Many a times the accused and the victim are dead and gone, at other times they are too old, helpless or weak as to suffer or rejoice the verdict. In short, it becomes a mere mockery and some kind of ritual. I recently read of a judgment related with Shibu Soren, the ex-Chief Minister of Jharkhand who was found not guilty in a murder case that related to late 1970s. So after more than 30 years it is found that Shibu Soren had not caused that murder. What relevance does such judgements have- in the eyes of the public, for the accused, for the victims, for the prosecution and even for the Judge who is delivering it?

    What even pains more is that even Judiciary seems to have got affected by the Media bug or the Media pressure. An apt example would again be the same Ruchika case, where after 19 years, 40 adjournments, and more than 400 hearings, the court finally pronounced Rathore guilty under Section 354 IPC (molestation) and sentenced him to six months imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1,000. But the moment there was a huge uproar across the Nation, another Court could deliver the judgment in less than 6 months sentencing him to one and a half years of rigorous imprisonment.

    But to me, the Kandhamal case carries much more importance than Ruchika and Jessica Lal and all such cases because these are the crimes that are related with individuals while a riot is one which the general public has to face and suffer. Thus a judgment in one of the crimes related with riots has a much higher relevance and impetus to the masses and has much more message to convey. In such circumstances, if the crimes related with riots (religious, political, caste-based etc) are not decided in a swift manner, it gives a very bad message to the society and acts as a huge bolster to the other rioters. If there is not enough evidence against a person, leave him/her for good. Otherwise convict the person to the equitable punishment that seems to be deserving. But to choose a middle path (which Lord Buddha would never have advocated) of lingering the matter for years in nothing but akin to becoming a party to the crime itself. If a Sikh riot of 1984, the Ayodhya events of 1992 or the Gujarat riots of 1992 are still pending in Courts, with no near chances of their getting decided (either way) then don’t they act as potential precursors of future riots, giving such criminal mindsets an example to emulate and follow?

    I sincerely believe that judgments in all such riot related matters must be delivered in a timely manner and swift (and correct) decisions must be arrived at in the minimum possible time, even at the cost of some criticism here and there (which any judicial pronouncement is bound to face anyway, because of vested interests and varying perspectives).

    Amitabh Thakur
    IPS,
    President, IRDS,
    Lucknow

    Implications of court verdict in Kandhamal riots | Sulekha Creative
     
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    They were protestants? Usually, it is the Baptist Church or the Catholics who either use violence or political coercion to convert. Here in NE, Baptists are the threat. Heard of NSCN? They fund them, back them and protect them using political coercion of 'secular' parties.
     
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    Thanks. At last you admitted it.

    Now please research a little bit on 'secular' terrorism in NE and please tell me what do you think of it. Blackmail and attacking of Buddhists, Hindus and even animistic tribes here to convert to Christianity.

    It is either them or their Abrahamic brethren, the Religion of Peace (courtesy Bangladesh).
     
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    I have been saying it from the beginning. Nobody is above law. I will sure research about NE and reply.

    I just want to re-affirm that neither Christian nor Muslim or Hindu or any other in the whole world has any right to suppress, oppress and force others to accept their religion as the best.
     
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    No matter who you are, the Law must prevail!

    That is why Laloo is in jail and more to go!

    It is time all irrespective of being a rioter, politician, common thug, commercial or financial crook, chap who are in govt scams etc. the law should prevail.
     
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    This dastardly murder is what triggered riots, like burning of train coach at Godhra did.
     
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    Actually, it is the result of the historical animus between the predominantly Hindu Kandha tribe and the predominantly Christian Panna tribe, who live there.

    The Maoists of this area are generally of the Christian Panna tribe.

    Therefore, the Maoists, being beyond the long arm of the law, became the sword arm of the Panna tribe to take on the Kandha tribe, resulting in the rioting and murder of four people to include a boy.

    The rest of the drama that ensued was basically political jockeying!
     
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    Hindu's are really very soft...
    Every body should be unite....
    Personally i had experienced one case of this face to face discussion with one of christian who wants me to covert..
    when i ask what should i get when i convert, he offer me govt job or plot or money...
    i was amazed after listening his words but answer him very politly.....
    i said what was your grand father's name his reply was he was a hindu...i stop this discussion and give him one offer....
    my religion offers only peace and moksha, a way to live life....
    he disappeared in the dark..
     
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