May 14, 2010 12:50:48 am
The state CID (Crime) arrested Inspector Ashish Pandya,an accused in the 2006 encounter of Tulsiram Prajapati,when he reported for duty at the Rajkot Anti-Corruption Bureau office on Thursday afternoon.
Pandya is believed to be the first policeman to shoot at Prajapati in the fake encounter after escorting him in a private car from Ahmedabad,in December 2006. CID had launched a search for him on May 3,and even sent a team to Maharashtra to find his whereabouts.
After his arrest,CID officers said Pandya had gone to Nairobi in Kenya where he stayed with his brother. They confirmed that Pandya arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday.
The CID team interrogated Pandya at the ACB office for two hours soon after his arrest. CID officers said the inspector will be produced in a Danta court on Friday and they intend to seek a 12-day custody for him.
Investigating Officer,DySP (CID) R K Patel said,A team led by Inspector A J Jadeja arrested him and he was questioned at the ACB premises itself. He will be brought to Ahmedabad late on Thursday.
Pandya had reportedly gone on an unauthorised two-day leave from April 14 after he was transferred to Rajkot ACB and promoted inspector.
Even as the ACB was in process to the serve him a showcause notice for not reporting for duty,the CID had declared him wanted and had served a notice to his family in Bhuj. The probe agency has maintained that the motive behind Prajapatis killing will be clear only after Pandyas arrest. Prajapati was the lone eyewitness to the abduction and killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi.
Sohrabuddin killing: CBI wants to quiz Rajasthan top cop
JAIPUR: In a significant development in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case investigation,the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought to question a senior IPS officer of Rajasthan,Rajiv Dasot. A CBI letter to this effect has come to the DGP office with a request to send IGP Dasot,who was earlier posted in Udaipur,to Mumbai on May 16 and 17 for questioning and discussion related to the Sohrabuddin case, said DGP H N Meena. Asked whether any other police officer was also wanted by the CBI,Meena said that no other name was mentioned in the letter. Senior Rajasthan IPS officer Dinesh M N was arrested in 2007 in connection with the case and he is in now lodged in the Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad.
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