Yerapathaneni Srinivasa Rao, a Member of Legislative Assembly of Gurazala, was remanded to judicial custody, in a case regarding his alleged involvement in the murder of a Congress worker, on Wednesday by the Junior Civil Judge, Piduguralla.

Mr. Rao was brought to the District Jail in Guntur amid heavy police security. Tense situation prevailed here as supporters of Telugu Desam clashed with the police outside the Jail.

Mr. Rao was earlier picked up late on Tuesday night at an apartment complex in Srinagar Colony in Hyderabad. The Police used latest mobile tracking technology to trace the movements of the MLA. A special team was formed, which tracked down the movements of the MLA and arrested Mr. Rao last night.

The MLA was believed to show some resistance but the police were firm. He was produced before the Junior Civil Judge at Piduguralla who remanded him to 14 days of judicial custody. At the crack of dawn, the MLA was shifted to the District Jail in Guntur.

Mr. Rao, whose name figured in the case relating to the murder of Congress supporter Unnava Narendra, has been evading police since his name figured in the FIR filed on November 28, 2012. The MLA who had even taken part in the padayatra by TDP MLAs, went into hiding soon after.

Senior police officials said that the MLA had switched both his cell phones and took a new mobile connection. He took care to avoid calling his family and friends and was in touch with a few MLAs. He had even visited Shirdi, Tirupathi, Goa and few places in Khammam and Krishna districts.


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