Breather for Maoist leader with kidnap-case links

KORAPUT: Alleged Maoist sympathizer Gananatha Patra, whose release is demanded by the kidnappers of an Italian national, was on Thursday acquitted by a fast-track court in a case involving abduction of 11 people in Koraput district in 2009.

Additional district judge of the fast track court, S Prabhakar Rao acquitted Patra, who was accused of being involved in the abduction of 11 people in Bandhugaon area in 2009, due to lack of evidence. However, Patra who is currently lodged in Koraput jail, is facing charges in three other cases.

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