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Sohrabuddin encounter case: two more witnesses turn hostile

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Two more prosecution witnesses in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsiram alleged fake encounters case today turned hostile before a special court here, taking the number of such witnesses to 55.

of Police Himmat Singh and Kanti Lal, both of the police, deposed before the S J Sharma here today.

Kanti Lal, in his statement to the CBI, had said that he, with some other policemen, had taken to an on November 27, 2006, a month before Prajapati's death in an 'encounter'.

was lodged in the then.

However, in the court today, maintained that he had taken Prajapati to Ahmedabad on November 26 and not 27.

Following which, B P Raju declared him as hostile.

Himmat Singh, on the other hand, claimed he gave a statement to the because the agency officials threatened to implicate him in a false case.

The then declared him hostile too.

Singh had told the CBI that then SP MN (who has been discharged in this case) directed on December 25, 2006 that and constables Dalpati Singh, Yudhveer Singh and Kartar Singh should escort Prajapati to Ahmedabad.

Singh had said he requested MN not to send these four policemen away as they were part of a special anti-theft task force.

But MN asked him to send these four men anyway, and not to make any entry in the 'Roznama' (diary) of the police station that they were going as escorts at his instructions, Singh had told the CBI.

According to the police, Prajapati escaped from the train during this trip and was later killed in an encounter. As per the CBI, Prajapati never escaped, and the encounter was fake.

The has examined over 80 prosecution witnesses so far, of which 55 have turned hostile.

Sohrabuddin, a suspected gangster with terror links, and his wife were killed in an alleged fake encounter by the Police in November 2005, while Prajapati, his aide, was killed in another alleged fake encounter by the and police in December 2006.

Of the 38 people charged by the CBI, 15, including senior IPS officers D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian, Dinesh MN, and (then the for Home in Gujarat) were discharged by the court.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 11 2018. 23:20 IST