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Fake encounters: IPS officers held

Apr 24, 2007 03:36 PM IST India India
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New Delhi: The Gujarat Police on Tuesday arrested three IPS officials on a charge of murder for their alleged role in the death of a man in a <a href='http://www.ibnlive.com/news/jk-fake-encounter-cops-held/32665-3.html' fake encounter on November 22, 2005. The police has arrested former director of the Gujarat anti-terrorism squad, D G Vanjara, and SP of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Rajkumar Pandyan. Another officer from the Rajasthan ATS, Dinesh Kumar, has also been arrested. The three were allegedly involved in the killing of one Sohrabuddin Sheikh, who they falsely claimed was a Lashkar-e-Toiba operative on a mission to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Sohrabuddin Sheikh's wife, Kauser Bi was also with him at the time of the encounter. She is still missing.

"Its demoralising and the involvement of senior officials will have a demotivating effect on the police force"
— Former Gujarat Addl DGP, R B Shreekumar

Sohrabuddin was traveling with his wife from Hyderabad to Sangli in an inter-state bus in Maharashtra, when the Gujarat ATS and the Rajasthan STF picked them along with a third unidentified man. Soon after, Sohrabudddin's brother filed a plea in the Supreme Court that his brother was killed by the ATS squad while travelling from Hyderabad to Sangli in Maharashtra.

"Politicians who give the instructions for such fake encounters must now be brought to book"
— Social activist, Teesta Setalvad

Following a CID probe, the Gujarat government admitted in court that is was a fake encounter. Vanzara and Pandayan were called to the State Police Chief's office on Tuesday morning and arrested in front of the DGP. Reacting to the incident of the arrest of three senior police in connection with the fake encounters, social activist Teesta Setalvad said that such encounters happen through political direction.