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Gujarat Fake Encounter
Victimís wife too might have been killed: Govt
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, April 27
The Gujarat government, which is under fire from various quarters on the killing of a Muslim youth in a fake encounter two years ago, today admitted in the Supreme Court that his wife Kausarbi reported missing since then could also have been killed.

The admission was made by Gujarat governmentís counsel K.T.S Tulsi in the face of a strong plea by Attorney General Milon Banerjee to a Bench of justices Tarun Chatterjee and P.K Balasubramanayan that the probe into the case required to be handed over to the CBI as several top officers of the state police were involved in it.

Though the Gujarat Police had registered a case against its two top officers, D.G Vanzara and R.K Pandian and an SP of Rajasthan, Dinesh M.N and arrested them, the court posted the hearing for April 30 for issuing orders on the questions whether the CBI probe is required and what direction could be issued regarding Kausarbiís whereabouts.

Tulsi opposed the CBI investigation, contending that a special investigating team (SIT) of Gujarat Police, set up by the government to probe the case on the direction of the apex court, had taken action against the officers against whom there were allegations of fake encounter and he claimed that the case was being pursued in right earnest.

But the Attorney General said it was not the only incident of custodial killing as there were media and other reports about other such incidents.

Questions were also raised regarding shifting of state police CID, IG Geetha Johri from the case and direction was sought to put her back as in-charge of the investigation for doing good work and submitting her four reports on the case to the court.

Tulsi said the state government had no hesitation in submitting the reports of Johri on record on Monday next.

Sohrabuddin, a petty offender, was picked up by a joint team of Gujarat and Rajasthan police along with his wife on the night of November 22, 2005 and was killed allegedly in a fake encounter three days later.

His wife Kausarbi had since been reported missing. The government had earlier stated that she might have been living in some other state, but today it said there was every likelihood that she too had been killed. An eye-witness, Tulsidas Prajapati, who had brought the incident to public notice, was also allegedly eliminated by the police fearing their exposure.

Gujarat Police had portrayed Sohrabuddin as a Lashkar-e-Toiba operative, who had entered the state with a motive to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi.



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