Gupta encounter case: Missing witness` wife moves HC

Gupta, allegedly a member of Chhota Rajan gang, was shot dead in an encounter by the police on November 11, 2006 in suburban Versova. But judicial enquiry concluded that it was a fake encounter.

Mumbai: The wife of a prime witness in
Ramnarayan Gupta fake encounter case on Thursday approached the
Bombay High Court, after her husband went missing on March 13.

Several policemen are facing trial in the Gupta encounter
case.

Anil Bheda, the only eye-witness in the case, has gone
missing since March 13, when he left home in the morning but
did not come back. He was due to appear in the court on March
16, for recording evidence in the fake encounter case.

"Anil is the sole eyewitness in a case in which several
police officials, including encounter specialist Pradeep
Sharma, have been arrested. Ever since he was summoned to
court, Bheda had been receiving threatening calls asking him
not to appear in court," advocate Anand Jondhale, appearing
for Bheda`s wife, Aruna, said.

When Bheda did not return home by the evening of March
13, Aruna lodged a complaint with the police, but police are
still clueless.

Following which, Aruna filed a habeas corpus
(produce the person) petition before the High Court.

The division bench of Justices PV Hardas and ND
Deshpande adjourned the matter till March 21.

Gupta, allegedly a member of Chhota Rajan gang, was shot
dead in an encounter by the police on November 11, 2006 in
suburban Versova. But judicial enquiry concluded that it was
a fake encounter.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT), formed to probe
the case, later arrested Sharma and 21 others in the case.

PTI

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