Bhubaneswar ( Orissa): If sources manning Police Headquarters in Cuttack are to be believed, Crime Branch of Orissa Police would soon arrest high profile bureaucrat turned Rajya Sabha Member of Congress, Radhakant Nayak in connection with the brutal murder of Swami Laxmananda Saraswati and four his disciples.
The Hindu Seer and his disciples were gunned down by armed militants at Jalespata Ashram in Tumulibandha Police limits of Kandhamal district on August 23 this year. The police have already arrested seven people, including some Maoists, for the murder.
"Nayak was mastermind of the whole event and played a key in the murder case," the Crime Branch, which is probing the issue, reportedly summed up the case. The CB would soon arrest Nayak, who is a close aid of Sonia Gandhi after preparing a charge sheet.
Crime Branch has reportedly found credible evidence against Nayak and it would found no difficulty in putting the Church leader behind bar for his role in Swamiji murder case.
Nayak's arrest was apparent from the fact that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has been insisting his role behind the murder case and handed over several evidences to the investigating officials against the MP.
The investigating officials are preparing a case against Nayak and his supporters, sources added. "We can't disclose right now, but we are reaching out to the killers soon," a top Police official said in condition of anonymity.
It may be noted here that www.odishatoday.com had first broke a news under the headline of " Crime Branch sleuths chasing Congress RS Member Radhakant Nayak ' on October 28. The report is gradually turning credible with investigating officials zeroing on Nayak.
A senior official said the murder of the Seer was the result of a conspiracy hatched soon after the December 2007 riots. "It was a thorough professional job. Someone else hatched the initial plan. A separate group did the actual planning to kill Saraswati while another group trained the group of killers," they added.
"In fact, we have listed a dozen names including MP Nayak in connection with the murder case and charge sheet in this regard, will be submitted very soon," a top Crime Branch official added. 'Master-Mind' at the moment is out of State but we are trying very hard to locate him, he added.
Nayak who served the Central government as Secretary was short-listed for the post of Union Cabinet Secretary during H. D. Deve Gowda Government. Being a Dalit-Christian socialist, leaders including Ramvilas Paswan and Sharad Yadav had backed his candidature then.
However some adverse IB report against him came as a hurdle. In 2004 he was elected to Rajya Sabha on Congress ticket. Hindutava forces always suspected his hand behind the killing. Alleged involvement of Nayak would also help BJP to target Sonia Gandhi and her appeasement policies.
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