Vanzara, Dinesh sent to police custody in Prajapati case

Banaskantha: A local court in Danta has sent suspended IPS officers D G Vanzara and Dinesh M N to 11 days of police custody in Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter case.

Vanzara, IPS officer of Gujarat cadre and Dinesh M N of Rajasthan cadre, were arrested by state state CID crime in the Prajapati encounter case yesterday form Sabarmati jail where they are lodged for the last two years as they are also accused in Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Prajapati, who was considered to be a key witness in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, was killed in an encounter near Chapri village near Ambaji in Banaskantha district when he tried to escape from custody while being shifted from Rajasthan to Gujarat in December 2006.

Judicial Magistrate Danta S S Joshi granted 11 days remand to CID against their demand of 15 days.

The CID submitted that they require the remand of the duo to verify the claims of other police officers arrested in the case who have said that they executed the fake encounter on instructions of Vanzara who was Range Inspector General of Police at that time.

The CID which is probing the Prajapati encounter case has so far arrested seven policemen including an IPS officer Vipul Agarwal who was SP Banaskantha in 2006, for alleged criminal conspiracy and murder.

The CID submitted in the court that Prajapati had written a letter some days before his encounter from Rajasthan jail that he will be killed by police. The CID told that they require the remand to check on this letter of Tulsi written to his family members and court.

The CID also submitted that they tried to procure mobile phone call records of Dinesh M N from Rajastan but the service provider said they had destroyed it on the instructions of Dinesh M N. They would like to further inquire into the matter, they said.

Lawyers representing the accused countered that the remand of the two was not required as both the police officers are in jail for the last two years.

At time of Prajapati's encounter in November 2006 Vanzara was Border Range IG Gujarat, and Dinesh was the SP Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Supreme Court has handed over the investigations of Shorabuddin Sheikh encounter case and alleged murder of his wife Kauser Bi to CBI earlier this year.