CBI team visits spot of Tulsi Prajapati encounter

Last Updated: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 15:55

Banaskantha: A team of CBI officials on Friday
began field level investigation into the 2006 fake encounter
of Tulsi Prajapati by inspecting the spot where the incident
took place.

The 10-member team headed by CBI joint director P
Kandaswamy visited Chhapri village near Ambaji where Prajapati
was killed in a police encounter on December 28, 2006.
The CBI team inspected the spot in the run up to the
recreation of the encounter which the agency plans to do in
the coming days. The team was on the spot for over one hour.

Former investigating officer in the case R K Patel of the
state CID was also present at the spot and was seen explaining
how the encounter took place to the CBI team.

Before, visiting the spot near Chhapri village, the team
visited the Ambaji temple here.

Yesterday the core team of the CBI had met at its
Gandhinagar office to chalk out the line of investigation into
the case. They are also examining the papers obtained from the
state CID which was investigating the case earlier.
The reports and other documents including chargesheet
filed by the CID were in Gujarati language which are being
translated into English, CBI sources said.

The case was transfered to CBI from the state CID
following orders of Supreme Court on April 8 on a petition
filed by Narmada Bai, mother of the deceased, who had alleged
that her son was killed in a fake encounter by the Gujarat
police as he was a key eyewitness in the November 2005 killing
of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.

The CBI had on April 29 registered an FIR into the
encounter of Prajapati, a key witness in the 2005 killing of
Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausarbi in a fake police
encounter, following Supreme Court orders.

The FIR was filed against "the police officials of
Gujarat and Rajasthan state and others for their alleged
involvement in criminal conspiracy of wrongful restraint,
wrongful confinement, abduction and murder of Tulsi Prajapati
and causing disappearance of evidence in the matter thereof".

The state CID too had registered an FIR in connection
with the case last year at the Ambaji police station.

Seven policemen, including IPS officer Vipul Agarwal,
were arrested in the case.

Three suspended IPS officers -- D G Vanzara, Rajkumar
Pandiyan and Dinesh M N -- who are accused in the 2005
Sohrabuddin encounter case, have also been shown as accused in
the Prajapati case by the CID.

PTI



First Published: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 15:55

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