Bhubaneswar: Top Maoist leader Duna
Keshav Rao alias Azad, wanted in several cases including the
killing of VHP leader Swami Laxamananda Saraswati, was taken
into three-day custody by the Crime Branch of Orissa Police
"Azad will remain in police custody for 72 hours,"
Additional Director General and chief of Crime Branch Abhay
said after Azad`s custody was given by Nayagarh Sub-Divisional
Judicial Magistrate P K Patra.
A charge sheet was filed against Azad and others on
May 4 in the Saraswati murder case, he said.
Azad, arrested on Wednesday night for attack on an
armoury and police station in Nayagarh district, has a murder
case against him at Tumudibandha police station.
Orissa`s number two guerilla Azad, is prime accused in
the Saraswati killing case and separate attacks on Nayagarh
armoury and R Udaygiri jail in 2006.
He surrended before the AP police on May 18.
Earlier Azad`s close associate Runita Badamajhi alias
Pramila was caught by the police here on May 8, Home Secretary
UN Behera said.
Around 100 Maoists led by Azad attacked an armoury and
police station in Nayagarh district on the night of February
At least 14 police personnel and one civilian were
killed in the incident.
Azad is a member of CPI (Maoist) Orissa State
Organising Committee and has worked for the party for 20 years
from 1991 to 2011.