May 14, 2010 12:15:06 am
The state CID (Crime) on Thursday finally arrested Ashish Pandya,the absconding policeman wanted in the 2006 Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter,at Rajkots Anti-Corruption Bureau office on Thursday. Pandya was wanted by the investigators since May 3.
Pandya is believed to have pulled the trigger on Prajapati after escorting him in a private car from Ahmedabad in December 2006. CID (Crime) has been maintaining that the motive for Prajapatis killing will be clear only after Pandyas arrest.
Prajapati was the lone eyewitness of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wifes abduction by the Gujarat Police and subsequent killing. Pandya was reported to be on unauthorised leave,with no trace of his whereabouts after IPS officer Vipul Aggarwal,who was the Banaskantha SP during the Prajapati encounter,was arrested on May 3.
After Pandyas arrest on Thursday,CID officials said he had gone to Nairobi where he stayed with his brother. They confirmed that Pandya arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday but reported at the ACB Rajkot office on Thursday. The CID had also sent a team to Mumbai on Tuesday to trace Pandya.
The CID team began interrogating Pandya at ACB office soon after the arrest. The investigators said Pandya would be produced in a Danta court on Friday and they intend to seek his 12-day remand custody. Investigating Officer Dy SP (CID) R K Patel confirmed Pandyas arrest.
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