Seven cops named in Tulsi Prajapati encounter case

Gujarat CID on Friday filed a 1000-page chargesheet naming seven top police officials in a case related to the encounter of Tulsiram Prajapati in December 2006.

Updated: Jul 30, 2010, 14:23 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Gujarat CID Friday filed the chargesheet in the Tulsiram Prajapati encounter of 2006 in the Danta court in Banaskantha district.

The chargesheet has been filed against seven policemen including an IPS officer Vipul Agarwal who was the SP of Banaskantha district when the encounter took place.

Prajapati, a key witness in the 2005 fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and alleged murder of his wife Kausarbi, was killed in an encounter in Chapri village near Ambaji in Banaskantha district in December 2006.

The over 1000 page chargesheet also includes statements of 137 witnesses.
In May this year, the agency had arrested Agarwal, who was posted as Dahod SP from Ahmedabad, constables Jathubha Solanki from Patan and Vinod Limbachiya from Palanpur.

Three other constables -- Karansinh Sisodia, Kanji Kutchi and Kiransinh Chauhan -- were also arrested subsequently from Siddhpur in Patan.
A police Inspector Ashish Pandya, who had shot Prajapati, was later arrested by the CID. Pandya was a Sub-Inspector at the time of encounter and was promoted to the rank of inspector in April and transfered to Rajkot Anti
Corruption Bureau.

All seven persons arrested have been booked for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and murder.

Two suspended IPS officers D G Vanzara and Dinesh M N were arrested by the CID from Sabarmati central jail here on a transfer warrant as they were behind bars in connection with the Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case of 2005.

The agency got the remand of the two cops for interrogation into the Prajapati encounter case.

At the time of Prajapati`s encounter in November 2006 Vanzara was Border Range IG Gujarat, and Dinesh was the SP Udaipur, Rajasthan.
While the duo were in custody, CID had sought permission from Danta court for narco test of the accused Vanzara and Dinesh, saying that they were not co-operating with the investigation.

However, their plea for naco analysis test of the suspended IPS officers was rejected by the court as the accused refused to undergo the test.