Bhubaneswar,Sep 10 (UNI) The Crime Branch of Orissa Police,probing into the assassination of VHP leader Swami Laxmananada Saraswati,has released the sketches of two suspects involved in the gruesome murder of Swamiji and four of his disciples.
Unknown assailants numbering over 15 raided the Jalaspeta Ashram in Kandhmal district on the night of August 23, the Janmastami day, and gunned down Swamiji and four others triggering large scale communal violence in the district.
Crime Branch sources said the sketches were prepared on the Portrait Building System(PBS) on the basis of description gathered during the interrogation of the local people present in the ashram at the time of the crime.
The description of the two suspects and the photos were released to both the electronic and print media for circulation.Both the suspects were in the age group of 25 to 30 years.
The Crime Branch has said any body who would provide information about the suspects would be suitably awarded and the identity would be kept secret.The information should be communicated to the nearest police station or the Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch on telephone number 0671-2304950.
The responsibility of the killing of Swamiji and four others still remained mystery in view of confusing reports appearing in the media.While one group of Maoist claimed that it has executed the crime, another group maintained that some disgruntled cadres have been paid by a vested group to kill the Swamiji.
However,the Orissa police is yet to confirm the involvement of the Maoists in the murder.The police,however, maintained that the types of weapon used by the assailants in the killing could not rule out the involvement of the Maoists.
The police had recovered the empty cartridges of 9 mm pistol and an AK 47 rifle from the ashram used by the assailants.
Even after 17 days of the crime, the police have not yet arrested anybody in connection with the murder though some people were picked up and interrogated in course of investigation.
The Orissa government has already ordered a judicial inquiry by retired high court judge and former Lok Pal Sarat Chandra Mohapatra to probe both the killing of Swamiji and four others and the subsequent communal violence in Kandhmal and other parts of the state.
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