After escaping from the custody of the Gujarat police team escorting him from Udaipur to Vadodara,Sylvester Daniel,a key CBI witness in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case,reportedly fled to Ajmer where he bought a country-made revolver,before returning to Udaipur where he was re-arrested after 24 hours.
The Rajasthan Police believe that he was on a mission. We are still questioning him about the escape and what he intended to do,but the fact that he returned to Udaipur instead of escaping is very suspicious, said Udaipur SP Alok Kumar.
He said Sylvester had taken a private bus from Udaipur to Ajmer on Friday night and bought the gun from an old accomplice. Kumar said Sylvester was nabbed by two policemen in plainclothes near the Udaipur bus stand late on Saturday night,adding that they recovered the country-made revolver from him.
Meanwhile,the Gujarat police officials who were escorting Sylvester were arrested today. They were granted bail after being produced in court.
Senior police officials in Udaipur said the Gujarat escort team took Sylvester to his parents house in Bhopalpura twice on Friday. First they took him to his parents house after the court hearing. Later,as they were leaving,their vehicle broke down and they took him to his parents house again. Sylvester managed to escape the second time, said a senior police officer.