Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Koraput, Jun 10 :
The Additional District & Sessions court in Koraput in Odisha today sentenced senior leader of the outlawed CPI-Maoist Chenda Bhusanam alias Ghasi alias Katru to 10 years imprisonment today.
The court had convicted Ghasi on Monday after conducting hearings on three cases- including possession of illegal arms- filed against him.
He faces charges of killing more than 55 security personnel between 1990-1996.
He is currently lodged in Koraput jail.
Ghasi, a commander of Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), was arrested in April 2011 near Pendajam under the Semiliguda police limits. He was carrying a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.
The Naxal leader, considered to have been one of the dreaded red rebels operating in Odisha, was allegedly collecting huge amounts of money from local traders, contractors, corporate houses and politicians.
“We hope the conviction will act as a deterrent to those indulging in Maoist violence,” Inspector General of Police (southwestern range) Yashwant Jethwa told IANS.
“We will pursue cases of all important Maoist leaders to obtain convictions. We have also taken up review of petty cases against tribals and residents who are in custody and undertrial prisoners for long,” he said.