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Odisha court convicts Maoist leader Ghasi

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File pic of Chenda Bhushanam alias Ghasi
File pic of Chenda Bhushanam alias Ghasi

Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Koraput, June 9:

The Additional District Judge court here today convicted hardcore Maoist Chenda Bhusanam alias Ghasi alias Katru on two counts –for keeping firearms and attacking police personnel on duty in Odisha, said sources. The court will however pronounce its sentences on Tuesday, sources added.

Koraput police had arrested Ghasi in April, 2011. Ghasi was the commander of the Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist) and was carrying a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.

Ghasi, considered one of the dreaded Maoist leaders, allegedly used to extort Rs 10 to 20 lakh a month from  traders, contractors, corporate houses and politiciansn in Odisha.