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A deathly silence at slain swami’s ashram

india Updated: Aug 31, 2008 00:58 IST
Soumyajit Pattnaik

All’s quiet at the Chakapada Ashram of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, his karmabhumi (work place) from 1966.

The swami’s murder last Saturday sparked the riots that have killed 14 people in Orissa.

After moving to Chakapada Ashram, the swami set up several institutions across Kandhamal.

At Chkapada, he founded the Gurukul Ashram to provide education, mainly to SC and ST children. At present, 345 children study in this boarding school.

Jagabandhu Das of the gurukul said: “It’s only because of Swamiji’s efforts that we have been able to provide school and college education to SC and ST students...”

Meanwhile, the police are tight-lipped about the murder probe.

Sources say at least two persons have been arrested and black masks and knives recovered from them. On the basis of investigations so far, police have reportedly concluded that Maoists were behind the swami’s murder.