Sabarmati jailbreak bid: Probe panel submits report

The Gujarat government’s high-powered committee that was probing the Sabarmati tunnel case submitted their investigation report to the state Home Department late Friday evening.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:April 13, 2013 4:46 am

The Gujarat government’s high-powered committee that was probing the Sabarmati tunnel case submitted their investigation report to the state Home Department late Friday evening. The committee members,IAS officer M S Dagur,the chief executive officer of Narmada Rehabilitation Agency,Additional Director General of Police Shivanand Jha and Directorate of Forensic Sciences Director J M Vyas,submitted the report in a sealed cover.

Confirming the development,Principal Secretary (Home) S K Nanda said,“The report has been submitted to the home department today. The report would be discussed after the meeting with the committee members on Monday and suitable action would be taken on those found involved.”

The report,believed to be around 50 pages,along with annexures,contains statements of jail officers and the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blast accused,review of the jail reports filed by ADGP (Jails) P C Thakur and DIG Amit Vishwakarma and the investigations done by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch in the case so far.

DIG Vishwakarma’s report had clearly found Superintendent of Jails R J Pargi responsible for showing negligence in the tunnel case and also named jailors,guards and the jail staff as guilty in the report.

The Ahmedabad Crime Branch probe had also showed that the jailors,now suspended,knew about the digging of the tunnel and they even aided the accused by attempting to cover up the dug-up tunnel. The accused had even received some digging equipments,like ploughs and iron rods,and two duplicate keys of their barrack.

The crime branch officials have already grilled the 14 main suspects in the tunnel case while interrogation of some of the blast accused is still going on.

‘SI facing extortion charges on the run’

One of the probationer sub-inspectors,who is also allegedly involved in an extortion bid along with five other police officials,is on the run,the officials said.

Two SIs and four police constables had allegedly extorted Rs 14 lakh from a city-based call centre owner a couple of days ago. One Sunil Nagrani,who owns the call centre called In Corporation in Nehrunagar area of the city had informed about the incident to the top Ahmedabad police and lodged an FIR against SI P K Goswami,SI A A Jadeja and four constables for extortion and giving threats.

According to complaint,they had demanded Rs 50 lakh from Nagrani on April 11 and threatened him that they would lodge a case against him for operating the call centre without licence.

While probing the case,the Satellite police searched for P K Goswami to take his statements but he was not even available in his house,police said.

An order has been issued to find him as soon as possible,sources in Satellite police said Friday.

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