Vasur Raja (26) alias Raja, the prime accused in the BJP State Medical Wing Secretary Dr Arvinth Reddy’s murder, was shifted to the Central Prison at Cuddalore from the Vellore Central Prison for Men on Friday.
Sources in the prison department said that Vasur Raja, a resident of Pudu Vasur, was transferred under tight security from the Vellore prison at 5.45 am on Friday.
Sources said that as per the procedure, the ADGP of Prisons had obtained a permission from the Home Ministry to shift the high risk prisoner, detained under Goondas Act.
“He was transferred from the Vellore Prison citing administrative reasons after Vellore police’s inquiry into the murder case of Dr Reddy had revealed that Vasur Raja hatched the doctor’s murder plan from within the walls of the prison and carried out the same through his associates,” said a prison official.
Vasur Raja was detained under the Goondas Act on May 20 for attempting to murder one Jagan (24) on the premises of Vellore District Combined Court on April 10 this year. Even after his arrest it was revealed that he was operating his gang from inside the prison and was fleecing fellow convicts at the prison.
He had allegedly threatened one Balaji of his village over the phone, demanding ransom from inside the prison. Sathuvachari Police had registered a case against Vasur Raja in this regard following a complaint from Balaji.
Vellore Superintendent of Police I Eswaran had earlier said that the investigations into Dr Reddy murder case had not only pointed out that Vasur Raja indulged in extortion and dacoity from inside the prison, but also threatened his fellow convicts and fleeced them.
He had also threatened the convicts asking them to join him after they were released..