Maoist leader Azad shifted to Jharpada jail

Bhubaneswar:  Top Maoist leader Duna Keshav Rao alias Azad, who was lodged in Nayagarh jail was shifted to Jharpada jail on Monday for security reasons.

Azad was earlier remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by the SDJM court, Nayagarh. The Crime Branch of Odisha Police had produced him in the court after the three-day remand had ended. He was sent to Nayagarh jail.

On May 19, Azad had surrendered before director-general of police (DGP) K Aravinda Rao. 


The top Maoist, a resident of Mandasa in Srikakulam district, was allegedly involved in number of offences in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, including Swami Laxamanananda Saraswati killing case, attacks on police stations and policemen.