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Vanzara was mastermind of Sohrabuddin fake encounter: Counsel

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Former ATS chief D G was today accused in the of being the "mastermind" of the "fake encounters" of alleged gangster Shaikh, his wife and his Tulsiram

The allegation was made by the for Sohrabuddin's brother during hearing of a plea against discharge of senior IPS officers Dinesh M N, and in the alleged fake encounter case.

Rubabuddin's claimed before the bench of Justice A M Badar that orchestrated the fake encounter killings.

"He was heading the Anti-Terrorism Squad which abducted and killed and others. Though Vanzara himself wasn't present at the site of abduction or killings, it was under his instructions that his officers executed the plan. Vanzara was the mastermind...," Tiwari said.

Prajapati, who, as per the CBI, was an eye witness to the killings of Shaikh and Kausar Bi, had narrated the whole episode to several prosecution witnesses, the said.

Tiwari read out statements of several persons who were the inmates of the when was lodged there in 2006.

allegedly told many of them about the fake encounters, and the CBI later made them prosecution witnesses.

Prajapati had told them about the roles played by Vanzara and the other accused (now discharged), Tiwari said.

On several occasions, Prajapati had also said he himself might be killed at the behest of these officials, the added.

The statements made by Prajapati before these witnesses should be considered his 'dying declaration', which would form sufficient evidence to frame charges against the police officials, Tiwari said.

Shaikh, a gangster with alleged terror links, and his wife were killed in a suspected fake encounter by the police in November 2005. Prajapati was killed in another alleged fake encounter by the Gujarat and police in December 2006.

The CBI had named 38 persons as accused. Between August 2016 and September 2017, the trial court in has discharged 15 of them.

The CBI has challenged, before the high court, only the discharge granted to N K Amin and police

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 20:25 IST