Former central coal minister Shibu Soren, serving life term for the murder of his private aide in 1995, has been shifted to Dumka central in Jharkhand for security reasons.
The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief was produced in court on Friday over his link to the massacre of 11 people in Chirudih village in 1975. Soren, who was in Jamtara sub-jail for a few hours, was shifted to Dumka Central Jail on Friday night.
"Soren was shifted to Dumka for security reasons. The security strength of Jamtara jail is very low and it is overcrowded. We cannot risk keeping VIP prisoners in such jails," said a home department official.
Soren was brought to Jamtara from New Delhi on Friday under heavy security. He is serving life imprisonment for the murder of his personal secretary Shashinath Jha.
Soren will be in Jharkhand until the completion of the trial of two murder cases, including the killings of two people in Giridh district. He has to be produced in Giridh on Jan 21.
In 1975, 11 people, including nine Muslims, were killed. Soren is accused of inciting a mob to kill "outsiders" in the tribal region.
A total of 60 were named as accused, including Soren. Twenty-five accused and 20 witnesses have already died. Before dying, Lokhendra Soren told the police that Shibu incited the mob.