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Naxal Leader Shifted from Gaya to Patna Jail Amidst Security Concerns

The state police on Wednesday, in a highly hush-hush manner, moved the notorious Maoist terrorist Ajay Kanu from Gaya Jail where he had been lodged since his dramatic arrest last Friday to Patna's high security Beur Model Jail to thwart any attempt by his fellow extremists to free him from the jail.

Kanu was transferred to the Patna Jail under extreme security arrangement while keeping the entire operation a closely guarded secret for security reasons, officials in Patna said.

The journey from Gaya to Patna, a distance of nearly 115 kilometers, started at 8:00 am and ended at around noon in an armored, anti-landmine vehicle.The leader of the ultras has been kept in a high-security solitary cell in the Nagendra ward where his activities will be monitored round-the-clock through closed-circuit TV cameras and heavily armed prison officials.

The trial against him will be held inside the prison through video-conferencing, officials said.Besides being involved in a number of massacres in Bihar, Kanu, an expert in the fields of explosives and landmines, is also believed to be the mastermind behind the daring Jehanabad jailbreak in 2005 during which several prison officials were killed allowing nearly 400 prisoners to escape from the jail.More than 350 inmates were later captured or returned at their own will.


posted by Bimal 8.2.07,


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