Gujarat Government reinstates Tulsiram Prajapati encounter officer Vipul Aggarwal

He is the third IPS officer accused in encounter cases to be reinstated after bail.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:November 19, 2014 9:36 pm

The State Government has reinstated IPS officer Vipul Aggarwal into Gujarat Police on Wednesday after his suspension was revoked following the bail from the Bombay high court in Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case. He is the third IPS officer accused in encounter cases to be reinstated after bail.

The 2001 batch IPS officer, SP Vipul Aggarwal who was a practising doctor was granted bail by the Bombay HC in October this year. Aggarwal was lodged in Palanpur sub-jail after his arrest in the case by the State CID Crime in 2010 that was investigating the case before the CBI took over the investigations.

The State Home Department had revoked Aggarwal’s suspension and decided to bring him back to the State Police. The home department finalised his reinstatement on Wednesday however hasn’t finalized the place of his posting.

State Home Secretary, G S Malik said, “We had moved Aggarwal’s file last week for reinstatement to the GAD for the approval. The State DGP has been informed about the reinstatement and the government will decide further about the next procedure”.

The State Government had last reinstated Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter accused policeman SP Abhay Chudasama and Ishrat Jahan encounter accused SP Girish Singhal after they were granted bail in the respective cases. Chudasama is posted in the DG Vigilance department and Singhal is posted in the State Armed Unit at Gandhinagar.

The government is yet to decide on the posting for Aggarwal however the sources in the home department stated that the officials are considering to post Aggarwal in State Armed Unit.

Aggarwal, a MBBS doctor, is a native of Delhi who was the SP of Banaskantha in 2006 when Tulsiram was encountered in Chapri village of Ambaji district in Banaskantha. Aggarwal’s special operation group led by suspended Inspector Ashish Pandya in Banaskantha had carried out the operation with the special task force of Rajasthan. Pandya is still serving his term in the Palanpur sub-jail where he had recently sent out his resignation letter to the State DGP.

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