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Day after release, Odisha anti-cow slaughter campaigner detained


Reported by Malay Ray
Sundargarh, June 8:

Barely a day after being released on bail, Swami Tejamaya, who has been in the news in the last few days for his protest against illegal cow trafficking and cow slaughter in Sundargarh district of Odisha, was detained by police on Sunday afternoon.

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According to sources, Swami Tejamaya who has been detained by Rajgangpur police on Sunday afternoon, will be arrested by Berhampur police on Sunday night.

“A team of police will reach at Rajgangpur on Sunday night and will arrest him,” said SP Das, IIC, Rajgangpur police station.

At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Sundargarh Superintendent of Police (SP) R Prakash informed that there are seven criminal cases against Swami Tejamaya’s in Ganjam and Phulbani districts.

Prakash informed that Swami Tejamaya’s real name is T.Tambunath Subudhi, a native of  Belapada under Jarada police station of Ganjam district. He was residing at Bilasahi, Gate Bazar, Berhampur.

Among the seven criminal cases pending against him in Ganjam and Phulbani districts are cases of murder, attempt to murder, robbery, kidnapping etc, the SP revealed. He has non-bailable warrant (NBW) in his name in an attempt to murder case in the year 2011 in Phulbani district. He had also fled from jail custody in the year 2010.

Since last four months, he has come to Rourkela and has been staying at Basanti colony area and introducing himself as Swami Tejamaya.

Significantly on 4th June, Swami Tejamaya, along with Rajgangpur BJP, had addressed a press meet at Rajgangpur protesting illegal cow slaughter and cow trafficking in Sundargarh district and had blamed Rajgangpur MLA Mangala Kisan for it.

Tejamaya had mentioned that cow slaughter and cow trafficking have been rampant in Khatrurbahal and in other places of Sundargarh district, but Kishan, instead of stopping this, has been supporting those doing this barbaric act. The self-styled spiritual guru had threatened to go to Khatrurbahal on 5th June and to discuss with the concerned persons a halt to slaughter and trafficking of cows.

Sensing communal tension, Sundargharh police had imposed Sec 144  at several places of Sundargarh district and had prevented him from entering some areas and had arrested him on 4th June night and had forwarded him to Sundargarh jail on Friday.

After being sent to jail, Swami Tejamaya had not taken any food or water and had gone on a hunger strike  inside the jail protesting his arrest by Sundargarh police. He had  fallen sick and was admitted in Sundargarh hospital.

On Saturday, his bail application was submitted where he was granted bail on PR bond of Rs.10000/-. On Saturday afternoon, Swami Tejamaya broke his hunger strike gave a 15-day deadline to the Sundargarh police and district administration to stop cow slaughter and cow trafficking in the district, failing which he had threatened to launch Parsuram Sena and they would take drastic step to stop cow slaughter and cow trafficking in district.