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Tulsiram Prajapati case committed to Palanpur Sessions court

Last Updated: Monday, August 2, 2010 - 23:55

Banaskantha: In a first step towards
commencement of trial in the encounter of Tulsiram Prajapati,
a key witness in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter
killing, the case was today committed to the Sessions court
here.

The Judicial court in Danta, where the case was
registered, committed the case today to the Sessions court in
Palanpur.

Nine former policemen including IPS officers D G Vanzara,
Dinesh M N and Vipul Agarwal, accused in the case were
produced in Danta court and given copy of the chargesheet with
direction to be produced before the Sessions court, Palanpur
on August 16.

The state CID, which is probing the case, had last week
filed chargesheets in the case against the nine cops.

On July 30, a chargesheet was filed against Agarwal and
six others charging them of criminal conspiracy, murder,
kidnapping, destruction of evidence and forgery.

On the very next day, the CID filed a supplementary
chargesheet against two other accused - Vanzara and Dinesh,
while eight others, including IPS officer Rajkumar Pandiyan
(who is behind bars in connection with Sohrabuddin encounter
case) and four cops from Rajasthan, were show as accused yet
to be arrested.

According to the charge sheet, Vanzara, who was range DIG
at that time, and Dinesh, who was Udaipur SP, had conspired to
kill Prajapati. However, it did not throw light on the motive
behind the conspiracy.

Both the officials are accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh
fake encounter killing case and are behind the bars.

Agarwal, another IPS officer accused in the case was the
then Banaskantha SP, when the encounter took place.

Prajapati was killed by Gujarat Police in an encounter
near Ambaji in Danta taluka of Banaskantha, when he tried to
escape from custody while being shifted from Rajasthan to
Gujarat in December 2006.

According to CBI, which is probing the Sohrabuddin fake
encounter case, Prajapati had helped Gujarat Police in
tracking Sohrabuddin, after he was assured by Vanzara that
Sohrabuddin would get a safe passage and no physical harm
would be done to him.

Meanwhile defense consul of Agarwal S M Modi has filed
bail application afresh as the earlier one was rejected by the
fast-track court on the technical ground that no bail
application can be considered unless the charge sheet was
submitted.

Investigating officer in the case R K Patel said efforts
were on to get the custody of Rajkumar Pandian, whose name has
been included in the charge sheet.

PTI

First Published: Monday, August 2, 2010 - 23:55
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