Sohrabuddin case: Adverts question arrest of police officers

Last Updated: Saturday, May 8, 2010 - 20:08

Ahmedabad: A series of advertisements
questioning CBI`s move to arrest IPS officers in Soharabuddin
fake encounter case have appeared in newspapers here, drawing
flak from opposition Congress which demanded action against
those behind it.

All major Gujarati newspapers of the city carried the
advertisements targeting the Congress at the Centre and
alleging that it was using CBI as its tool. Numerous posters
have been pasted on the walls in different areas of the city
raising criticising CBI`s actions in the Soharabuddin case.
The advertisements issued in the name of Jan Adhikar
Samiti, Vadodara, said, "While terrorists are being allowed to
move freely in the country, police officials are being sent
behind bars".

The CBI was handed over the investigations of the fake
encounter case by the Supreme Court and it had last month
arrested IPS officer Abhay Chudasama in the case.

The BJP has accused the Congress at the centre of
misusing CBI to defame Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as
the police officer was arrested just before the Golden Jubilee
celebrations of the state.

"In the last seven years, there have been 721
encounters in the entire country of which only 17 were in
Gujarat. People of the state want to know why an inquiry is
being conducted in Gujarat only?," the advertisements said.
It further said, "Why such an hue and cry is being
made for Soharabuddin who was an aide of underworld don Dawood
Ibrahim and planning terrorist activities in the country".

The identity of those behind the Jan Adhikar Samiti
could not be ascertained.

Gujarat PCC president Siddarth Patel said the
appearance of such advertisements was a "serious issue" . He
demanded that an investigations be launched to find out who
was behind the Samiti and that action be taken against them.

"This is an attempt to arouse feelings of people of
the state against the country`s premier investigating agency
CBI and the Centre," Patel said.

"The CBI is conducting inquiry in the case under the
supervision of Supreme Court and the Centre has no direct or
indirect role to play in it," Patel said in a statement here.

PTI




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