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One more held for ashram threat calls

Bhubaneswar, Aug. 22: The third accused in the threat calls made to the Shankaracharya Sanskrit Kanyashram was arrested from his hideout in Bhadrak district today.

Kunja Bihari Rout had been absconding after making the calls to the the Shankaracharya Sanskrit Kanyashra, a residential school for girls founded by the late Swami Laxmananda Saraswati at Jalespeta in Kandhamal district.

“We have arrested all three accused. We will produce them in court,” Kandhamal SP S Praveen Kumar told The Telegraph today.

Yesterday, the police had arrested two disciples of late Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati for making the threat calls on Thursday.

The callers had called up ashram secretary Kabi Chandra Nath and the headmistress Rita Kesri twice on Thursday and threatened them saying they would meet the same fate as Swami Laxmananda Saraswati. Later, an FIR was lodged at the Tumudibandha police station.

Tracking the phone calls, the police arrested Shankar Baba alias Santosh Mishra, a disciple of late Swami Laxmanananda, and a local Narayan Mohapatra.

After Swami-ji’s death, both disciples had been ousted from the ashram on disciplinary grounds. However, Rout, the third accused, had escaped.

Kumar said security had been beefed up in the area. The residential school currently houses 187 girls.

The seer and four others were shot dead on August 23, 2008 leading to riots in the district that went on for months.

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