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Senior police officials conspired to kill Sohrabuddin: Lawyer

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The killings of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his wife and associate Tulsiram Prajapati were the result of a conspiracy hatched by senior officers of and police, Rubabuddin Shaikh, the brother of Sohrabuddin, who was killed in an alleged staged encounter, told the today.

Rubabuddin's alleged that the prime accused, senior ATS officials D G Vanzara and Rajkumar Pandian, and IPS Dinesh MN, who were all discharged in the case, conspired to execute the fake encounters.

Tiwari, arguing against the discharge of Dinesh MN, claimed the officer, who was the of Police, Udaipur, in November 2005, went to Ahmedabad to meet other police officers who were "part of the conspiracy" to arrest and kill Sohrabuddin and his wife.

While the claims to have visited Ahmedabad for official training, none of his superiors, including the general of police, know of any such training scheduled at the time, Tiwari said.

"Besides, Dinesh MN claims to have received information on Sohrabuddin and says he had gone to arrest him since he was wanted in a case in Udaipur. Then why did Dinesh MN not take along police officers concerned? Instead, he took with him three junior officers who were part of his coterie," the said.

"There is evidence in the form of witnesses statements to establish that Dinesh, along with Vanzara and Pandian, played an integral role in conspiring for and executing the encounters," he said.

Tiwari said after Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi's killings, Prajapati was brought to where he repeatedly voiced apprehension of threat to his life, and even wrote to the

Prajapati's complaint to the NHRC was also probed by Dinesh MN, the said.

Several inmates of later testified that Prajapati had no plans of escaping from police custody and he feared that Dinesh MN and others would kill him in a fake encounter, the lawyer said. Police had later claimed that he escaped while being taken to court.

The is conducting day-to-day hearing on petitions filed by the CBI and challenging the discharge of several police officers.

Sohrabuddin, a gangster with alleged terror links, was killed in an alleged fake encounter by the police in November 2005. His wife disappeared mysteriously, and was also alleged to have been eliminated by police. Prajapati, a witness to these killings, was killed in another alleged fake encounter by the Gujarat and in December 2006.

Of the 38 people charge-sheeted by the CBI, 15, including police officers D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandiyan, Dinesh MN, and Amit Shah, who was for home in Gujarat when these alleged fake encounter killings took place, were discharged by the special in Mumbai between August 2016 and September 2017.

Meanwhile, a prosecution witness deposed before the special here where the trial of the fake encounter case is underway.

He told the court that he saw, as a 'panch' witness, collection of ground sample from the spot where Kausar Bi's body was allegedly burnt by the police after killing her.

Hearings before both the high court and the trial court would continue tomorrow.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 21:20 IST