Panda and his group were facing dearth of arms, ammunition and food, sources have told this citizen journalist . Apart from the firearms, police believe that three transistors and batteries recovered from Mohanty's possession, were meant for Panda and his team, hiding somewhere in the forests.
Police claimed that Mohanty was the main source of supplies for Panda and his small group. "He also raises funds for Sabyasachi in Ganjam, Ganapati and Koandhamal district of Odisha," a police official said.
On the other hand, Dandapani Mohanty has alleged that police in civvies picked up his son Sangram Mohanty from Payal Tokies in Berhempur town. "Police claiming that he was arrested from Taptaoani Ghar along with arms and ammunition is completely false," Dandapani told a local TV station.
He said police have been targeting his family following the Baliguda encounter that took place in November, which he alleged was a staged gunbattle. Danpapani also lodged a complaint with the Baidanath Police in Berhempur alleging that his son Sangram had been kidnapped by a group suspected to be the policemen from the city on Wednesday at about 10.00 am, later shown to be arrested in Gajapati district.