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Encounter in Gujarat and the politics behind it
Ankur Jain and Roxy Gagdekar Chhara
BBC Gujarati, from New Delhi and Ahmedabad
21 April 2019
The Gujarat Police was charged with the unlawful killing of 31 people between 2002 and 2006, half of which were committed by a group of police officers.
Officials said those killed were terrorists and they had come to kill Narendra Modi or any other Bharatiya Janata Party leader or to explode bombs in different parts of the state.
Thirty-two police officers, including six IPS officers and former Gujarat state home minister Amit Shah, were arrested and remanded in custody in connection with the encounter.
Most of the policemen arrested were arrested at some point during their tenure. Yes. With Vanzara who worked under his arm.
Born into a nomadic and free caste in northern Gujarat, Vanzara was promoted to IPS in 1987. He was promoted for raiding liquor stores and cracking down on gangs that robbed highways.
However, they rose rapidly after Narendra Modi came to power in Gujarat.
The now retired Vanzara has been acquitted in one case, while he is still an accused in several other cases. He finally got bail in 2015 after spending eight years in prison.
There were 23 encounters in Gujarat between 2002 and 2006. Gujarat Police’s preliminary investigation report said these were genuine encounters, but court-appointed investigations and reports alleged that the six encounters were fake.
CBI files charges in 3 encounter cases:
1. Sohrabuddin, Kausar Bi and Tulsiram Prajapati
2. Ishrat Jahan, Javed Ghulam Sheikh aka Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali and Zeeshan Johar
3. Sadiq Jamali
The other three were also termed as fake encounters in the report submitted by Justice Harjit Singh Bedi to the Supreme Court on February 18, 2019. The Supreme Court has not yet accepted the findings of this report. The BBC has this report.
Three fake encounters took place illegally
1. Kasam Jafri
2. Haji Haji Ismail
3. Sameer Khan
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Can police officers kill innocent people? Can they use the accused to help the government?
To harass Gujarat’s police and politicians, the Congress-led UPA government falsely investigated the encounters in the state – is this claim of Narendra Modi and the BJP true?
Did the Narendra Modi government use the encounter in Gujarat to build its ‘image as a Hindu leader and make Gujarat in trouble’?
Was the Gujarat encounter fake or their investigation report fake?
The families of the victims are awaiting the court’s verdict, but it will be difficult for both the BJP and the Congress to deny that politics has been played on the encounters.
But if we look at Gujarat aside, we will find that incidents of fake encounters have become shockingly common across India.
In an RTI reply, the National Human Rights Commission said that between 2000 and 2017, 1,782 cases of fake encounters were reported in India.
In fact, between 1982 and 2003, the Mumbai Police alone killed around 1,000 alleged criminals.
Even before Modi came to power in Gujarat, during the reign of Shankarsinh Vaghela, there was an encounter with the infamous bootlegger Abdul Latif.
Latif’s son has claimed that Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Raees’ is based on Latif’s life.
However, the makers called it a fantasy film. Latif was killed in an encounter in 1997.
Then why only the Gujarat encounters of Narendra Modi’s era keep shining in the headlines?
A retired police officer from Gujarat and a well-known critic of the Narendra Modi government, former DGP R. b. Sreekumar says:
“The government encounters were ‘as part of a policy’.”
“After the 2002 riots, the chartered officers were looking to kill some people to make a strong impression on the Gujarat Police.”
Rahul Sharma, a retired IPS officer who investigated the 2002 riots and is currently practicing law, says:
“Most of those killed in encounters between 2002 and 2006 were Muslims.”
“So these encounters created the impression that ‘Muslims are terrorists and Hindus are victims of their terror’.”
However, the statistics show something different. Muslims were targeted in 6 out of 22 encounters in Gujarat.
When the Gujarat Police justifies these five encounters and then the investigation committee set up by the CBI or the Supreme Court declares them to be fake, such statements become very important.
In Gujarat, both BJP and Congress are blaming each other for the encounter.
On April 17, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his election rally in Sabarkantha, once again accused the Congress-led UPA government of targeting Gujarat leaders and police in the name of these encounters.
According to the CBI chargesheet, Kausar Bi was murdered after the rape.
Two were buried in Sabarkantha, Gujarat.
Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi were killed in a fake encounter,
Apart from the Gujarat Police officers, the then Home State
State Minister Amit Shah also had to go to jail.
‘Death Ka Sodagar’
Like the BJP, the Congress has often used encounters to launch political attacks on the BJP.
In the 2007 Gujarat Assembly elections, the BJP got an absolute majority with 117 seats out of 182.
Many believe that the Congress lost after Sonia Gandhi used the word ‘Maut ka Sodagar’ for Narendra Modi.
After this verbal attack, Modi immediately started mentioning it in his meetings.
He asks people, “What to do with Sohrabuddin? And people answer – he should be killed.
Recalling Modi’s 2007 election rallies, activist Nirjari Sinha says there was a soft perception among the general public that only Narendra Modi can save Hindus from terrorists entering Gujarat.
Nirzari’s husband, lawyer-activist Mukul Sinha, was the first to challenge the encounters in court.
“From the Akshardham temple attack to these encounters, successive incidents have led people to believe that Gujarat is being targeted by a terrorist group,” says Sinha.
The Gujarat government and the BJP have denied all the allegations and termed these encounters as a zero tolerance policy against terrorism and crime during Modi’s rule.
Dayal believes that political interference was behind the encounter and that the encounter helped Narendra Modi emerge as a Hindu mass leader after the 2002 riots. Many believe that this image has made Modi an ‘invincible’ leader in Gujarat politics.
Gujarat BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya says that Congress is responsible for politics on the encounter. He says that Congress has always failed in curbing terrorist activities.
Vishnu Pandya associated with the ideology of RSS says:
“Making Gujarat encounters an issue is tantamount to trying to demoralize the police. Encounters in Gujarat have nothing to do with politics,” he said.
Though more than a decade has passed since these six fake encounters, no one has been convicted in any of the cases. Who is responsible for delay in justice?
D. As a Judge of Bombay High Court. Yes. Vanzara and N. that. Former Justice Abhay Thipps, who granted bail to Amin, said:
“The relationship between politicians and criminals is well known.”
He says that the criminal who is helping the politician comes forward to get him out of the way when he becomes ‘harmful’ to him.
“When the encounter is revealed, it is emphasized not only how dangerous the criminal was to the country, but also how big a person he wanted to kill.”
Retired judge Thipps, who has now joined the Congress, questioned the manner in which the Mumbai court acquitted the accused in the Sohrabuddin-Kausar Bi fake encounter.
The CBI had charged Amit Shah with murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy. He was later acquitted for lack of evidence.
The CBI, which had earlier convicted Amit Shah, did not challenge the Mumbai court’s acquittal order.
An application challenging the release order of CBI Amit Shah was rejected by the court last year.
After Amit Shah, in December 2018, a Mumbai court acquitted all the police officers in the case.
Within hours of the verdict, a man at the epicenter of fake encounters in Gujarat called a press conference. Wearing a maroon jacket, white shoes and white pants. Yes. Vanzara said the Gujarat Police officers were victims of a tussle between the Congress-led UPA government and the BJP government in Gujarat.
Referring to the assassinations of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, he said that if Gujarat Police had not stopped extremists like Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Narendra Modi would have been killed in the same way.
Vanzara then referred to the politics played out over the encounter. In his resignation letter from Sabarmati Jail in 2013, Vanzara said,
“Government and police officers are in the same boat. They have to swim or sink together. I will say in very straight and clear words that this government is doing its good only by the sly moves of Amitbhai Shah… and except the police officers.” Used to be.
The Chief Minister of Gujarat is talking about repaying the debt of Bharat Mata. this is very true. But it is not wrong to remind him here that in his haste to ascend to the throne of Delhi, he should not forget the debt of the police officers who gave him a glimpse as the fearless Chief Minister. There are many other Chief Ministers, but this adjective does not appear in front of anyone’s name.
I would also like to say that it is because of my immense trust and respect for the Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Bhai Modi that I have maintained a humble silence till now.
I used to worship him like a god. I am sorry to say that my lord came under Amitbhai Shah’s influence and did not come to his aid when needed.
Amitabhai Shah seems to have captured his eyes and ears and has been successfully misleading him for the past 12 years by showing him as goat ko dog and dog ko goat (useless man as useless man and useless man as useless man).
His bad rein on the administration is so much
It would be correct to say that they are running the Gujarat government from the back door.”
Vanzara said that there was political interference behind the encounter and the state government was to use the encounter for its own benefit.
Accused of using A.
Retired IPS officer D.G. Vanzara is invited by lesser-known Hindu organizations across the state, but he refuses to talk about the encounter and politics.
He said, “I have been acquitted in Sohrabuddin and Tulsiram Prajapati case and Ishrat Jahan’s trial is going on. These are all very old cases and I do not think it appropriate to comment at this stage.”
They avoid answering questions about political interference in these encounters.
Prashant Dayal, a journalist from Gujarat and then crime reporter of Divya Bhaskar newspaper, is credited with bringing to the fore the Sohrabuddin encounter.
“These alleged terrorists were actually petty criminals, but the socio-political situation in the state was such that people adopted the theory that they wanted to assassinate Narendra Modi with the intention of avenging the 2002 riots,” Dayal said.
Dayal believes that political interference was behind the encounter and that the encounter helped Narendra Modi emerge as a Hindu mass leader after the 2002 riots.
Many believe that this image has made Modi an ‘invincible’ leader in Gujarat politics.
“In Gujarat, ’empowerment’ and ‘disability’ are the only two things,” says anthropologist and researcher Shiva Viswanathan.
He said, ‘On one hand there is the issue of empowerment to become a great leader and on the other there is the issue of riots, encounters, protests and violence regarding human rights.
“What happened in Gujarat is dangerous for democracy. But unfortunately, whether it is the Maya Kodnani case or the encounter case, none of the cases have come to a conclusion yet.”
The state government is keeping a close eye on Justice Bedi’s report presented in the Supreme Court this year.
Chief Secretary J. N. Singh said he was not aware of the report. The state government has unsuccessfully tried to make the report public.
But a lot has changed since the encounter in Gujarat between 2002 and 2006.
The then chief minister is now fighting for a second term as prime minister and is seeking votes in the name of surgical strike on an extremist camp in Pakistan.
Amit Shah, once accused and former home minister of Gujarat, is now the president of the world’s largest political party, BJP.
He is contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar seat, where he was once a party worker. that. Campaigning for Advani.
The quiet area on the border of Ahmedabad where these alleged extremists were killed has now become the Alison Mall or the stand for the Metro-train.
The series of incidents of witnesses returning to court continues and that is why the truth of the Gujarat encounter seems ‘more unimaginable than a fictional one’.
On November 26, 2005, Gujarat Police shot and killed a man from Madhya Pradesh on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city.
The next day it made headlines like this: ‘ISI, Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Sohrabuddin Sheikh shot dead’.
Who was Sohrab?
Gujarat Police claimed that the dreaded terrorist had infiltrated to assassinate the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
When the CBI investigated, it was discovered that he was running a racket in the marble industry of Rajasthan in connivance with the police and politicians, but they went out of control, after which he had a face-off.
Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi
On November 23, 2005, Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi were traveling from Hyderabad to Sangli in Maharashtra in a private bus.
Gujarat ATS team stopped the bus on the way. Not only did the police want to pick up Sohrabuddin, but Kausar Bea also refused to let her husband go alone.
The couple was kept at Disha Farmhouse on the border of Ahmedabad. Sohrabuddin was killed three days later in a fake encounter.
The CBI report alleged that Kausar Bi was raped and strangled two days after Sheikh’s murder.
Later police officer D.G. His body was cremated in Ilol village of Sabarkantha, Vanzara’s hometown. However his body was never found.
Tulsi Sagarit was in Sohrabuddin’s so-called collection Rocket.
Tulsi Prajapati was also in the bus from which Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi were caught. After informing the police about the couple, they were let go.
He fell in front of his boss Sohrabuddin.
Sakshi Tulsiram was arrested a year later from Udaipur in Rajasthan.
He was later killed in a joint operation between Gujarat and Rajasthan on 28 December 2006 in Banaskantha district of Gujarat.
chronology of sohrabuddin encounter
Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi
November 22, 2005 – Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Kausar Bi and Tulsi Prajapati were returning from Hyderabad to Sangli bus when the police stopped the bus. The police had named all three. Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi were taken in one vehicle, while Tulsi was taken in another vehicle.
November 22-25, 2005 – Sohrab and Kausar b. amad
He was kept in a farmhouse near Vavad. Prajapati was sent to Udaipur. He was taken on remand during the trial.
November 26, 2005 – Sohrabuddin was killed in a so-called fake encounter by a joint team of Gujarat and Rajasthan police.
November 29, 2005 – Kausar Bi was allegedly murdered. His body was found d. Yes. Vanzara’s home village Ilol in northern Gujarat was set on fire.
January 2006 – Sohrabuddin K
His brother Rubabuddin Sheikh wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of the country informing him about the encounter and the disappearance of Sohrabuddin Sheikh’s wife Kausar Bina.
June, 2006 – Supreme Court orders probe by Gujarat CID.
December 2006 – A team of Rajasthan and Gujarat Police picks up Tulsi Prajapati from Udaipur Central Jail and allegedly confronts her near Chhapri village in Banaskantha on the Gujarat-Rajasthan border.
April 2007 – The Gujarat government files a report in the Supreme Court stating that Kausar Bi has died and his body has been cremated. Later, the CID (Crime) team led by DIG Rajneesh Rai arrested the D.P. of Gujarat. Arrested in the fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi. Yes. Vanzara and Rajkumar Pandian and Dinesh NM of Rajasthan were arrested as the main accused.
January 2010 – The case was handed over to the CBI by the Supreme Court.
23 July 2010 – CBI files charge sheet against 38 people in the case. The then state-level home minister of Gujarat Amit Shah, Rajasthan home minister Gulabchand Kataria and senior IPS officers were named as accused.
25 July 2010 – CBI arrests Amit Shah in the case.
October 8, 2010 – Special CBI court in Gujarat rejects Amit Shah’s bail application.
29 October 2010 – Gujarat High Court grants bail to Amit Shah on a surety of Rs 1 lakh.
September 2012 – Supreme Court transfers the case from Gujarat to Mumbai, as demanded by the CBI for a proper hearing.
April, 2012 – Supreme Court orders joint hearing of Sohrab, Kausar Bi and Prajapati encounter cases.
December, 2014 – A special CBI court in Mumbai acquits Amit Shah of the case. Later, 15 other accused including Rajasthan BJP leader Gulabchand Kataria and senior IPS officers were also acquitted.
November 2015 – Rubabuddin Sheikh, Sohrab’s brother, files an application in the Mumbai High Court against the acquittal of Amit Shah in the case. In the same month, he told the high court that he did not want to pursue the case and wanted to withdraw his application.
December 2015 – Social activist Harsh Mander files an application in the Mumbai High Court against the decision to acquit Amit Shah.
April, 2016 – The Bombay High Court dismisses the petition, saying the temple has no ‘locus stand’ in the matter. The temple appealed against them in the Supreme Court.
August, 2016 – Supreme Court dismisses Harsh Mandir’s appeal.
October, 2017 – A special CBI court in Mumbai frames charges against 22 accused.
November 2017 – Special CBI Judge S. J. Sharma started hearing the matter. The prosecution examined 210 witnesses, of whom 92 returned.
September, 2018 – d. g. Vanzara, Prince Pandian, N. that. The Mumbai High Court upheld the acquittal of senior IPS officers like Amin, Vipul Agarwal, Dinesh NM and Dalpat Singh Rathore from the case.
23 November 2018 – Court completes cross-examination of witnesses and recording of statements of accused under Section 313 of IPC.
December 5, 2018 – Following the final arguments of plaintiffs and defense counsel, the court takes up the matter for adjudication on December 21, 2018.
December 21, 2018 – Court acquits all 22 accused in the case, saying the prosecution could not prove the charges in the case.
current status of the case
The trial of the case was shifted to Mumbai.
The trial of the case was completed in Mumbai and the verdict was pronounced after which all the accused in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case were acquitted due to lack of evidence.
The court also ruled that there was no political connection to the case. The CBI has not challenged the Mumbai court’s decision in the apex court.
Ishrat was 19 when she was killed in a fake encounter in Ahmedabad. According to Gujarat Police, he was a member of LeT.
Ishrat Jahan, a second year BSc student at Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Mumbai, did odd jobs to help her mother run the household.
He was the second of seven siblings and was raised by his mother Shamima Raza.
CBI officials in their report said that Ishrat was working with her father’s friend Javed Sheikh.
He along with three others including Javed was killed in an encounter on 15 June 2004 near Kotarpur in Ahmedabad.
Javed Sheikh aka Pranesh Pillai
Javed Gopinath, who studied till class 10 in a school in Kerala, was one of Pillai’s two sons.
He took training to become an electrician from Olympia Institute of Technology in Pune.
He converted to Islam to marry Sajida.
After working in Dubai for a few years, he returned to India.
Meanwhile, he met Ishrat Jahan, who was looking for a job.
Amjad Ali and Zeeshan Johar
On 15 June 2004, both Amjad Ali and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter with Ishrat Jahan.
However, according to the CBI chargesheet, no one came to collect the bodies of both and the government itself performed the last rites.
According to the Gujarat Police, both of them were from Kashmir and had accompanied Ishrat Jahan on a mission to assassinate the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
12 June 2004
Ishrat Jahan and Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai were arrested from Vasad toll booth near Anand in Gujarat.
15 June 2004
Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed in the encounter. The police claimed that the four were Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists and had come on a mission to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Ahmedabad Metropolitan Magistrate S. P. Tamang called it a fake encounter.
The Gujarat High Court appointed the Supreme Court (constituted for the Gujarat riots case) to handle the investigation of the case. that. Raghavan-led SIT.
The new SIT was constituted by the High Court after the Raghavan-led SIT showed its inability to investigate. SIT Bihar cadre’s new IPS officer R. R. It was formed under the leadership of Verma and included two IPS officers of Gujarat cadre, Mohan Jha and Satish Verma.
The three-member SIT started investigation into the matter and started recording the statements of the witnesses and police officials involved.
January 28, 2011
SIT member Satish Verma filed an affidavit saying it was a fake encounter. Verma also alleged that the investigation was being obstructed.
April 8, 2011
The Gujarat High Court had warned government officials that the case would be handed over to a central agency like the CBI or the NIA if the SIT was not allowed to investigate without any hindrance.
The Gujarat High Court has directed the CBI to investigate the matter.
CBI IPS G. l Singhal was arrested in this case. The CBI and the NIA did not succeed in finding any link between Ishrat and LTE.
Gujarat ADG P.P. Pandey’s arrest warrant was issued.
3 July 2013
The CBI prepared the charge sheet and said that the Ishrat encounter was fake.
7 May 2014
In this case, the CBI had given a clean chit to Amit Shah.
February 5, 2015
Former DIG D.G. Vanzara was relieved.
11 February 2016
David Headley said that Ishrat Jahan was Lashkar’s operative.
current status of the case
The trial of this case is going on in the special CBI court in Ahmedabad.
All the accused in the case have been granted bail.
The main accused Dr. N. That Amin and D. Yes. The court rejected Vanzara’s plea to acquit him from the case.
Recently the State Govt. Vanzara and Dr. N. that. CBI has not been allowed to prosecute Amin.
role of intelligence bureau
In its chargesheet filed on 7 July 2013, the CBI charged four Intelligence Bureau (IB) officers with conspiracy, murder, illegal connection and kidnapping against IB Joint Directors (Ahmedabad) Rajinder Kumar, Mukul Sinha, Rajiv Wankhede and Tushar Mittal. . ,
According to the chargesheet, on June 9, 2004, a meeting was held between Gujarat Police officials and Rajinder Kumar.
According to the CBI’s allegation, the weapons used during the Ishrat Jahan encounter were handed over to Deputy Superintendent of Gujarat Police, G.S. L Singhal.
Sadiq Jamal was a resident of Bhavnagar in Gujarat. He was killed in an encounter on 13 January 2003.
A case has been registered against Sadiq for threatening a person in Bhavnagar. After that he fled to Mumbai.
From there he went to Dubai and later returned to Mumbai. The Mumbai Police arrested him and handed him over to the Gujarat Police.
November 28, 1996
A case has been registered against Sadiq Jamal Mehtar for threatening a person and gambling in Bhavnagar. After this he was going from Bhavnagar to Mumbai.
They returned to Bhavnagar for some time. A case of gambling was registered against him.
13 January 2003
Sadiq Jamal was shot dead near Galaxy Cinema in Naroda, Ahmedabad. D. Yes. A police team led by Vanzara shot him.
Sadiq’s brother Shabbir Jamal had filed a petition in the Gujarat High Court challenging the encounter.
Gujarat High Court orders CBI probe into Sadiq Jamal case
An FIR was registered against eight people in the Ahmedabad Crime Branch.
current status of the case
A case has been registered in this matter.
The trial of this case is going on in the special CBI court in Ahmedabad.
Eight policemen were arrested in this case and are currently out on bail.
The CBI has termed the case as a case of fake encounter.
Gujarat Police Edition
After Sadiq Jamal was killed, the FIR registered against him said that the police had received information that Sadiq was in contact with the gang members of Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel of Andharialam. Sadiq was in Dubai and working with Tariq Parveen.
He was accused of waging war against the Union of India at the behest of the terrorist organization Lashkar. He fought with imported weapons and intended to oust BJP leader LK Advani. that. Advani was accused of conspiring to assassinate the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia.
Qasim Zafar Hussain
Police Inspector J. hence. cowboy led police
The team caught Kasam Jaffer.
The Gujarat Police accused him of being a member of the Irani gang, saying that Jaffer was involved in the bank fraud.
Jaffer and 17 others were arrested on 13 April 2006 from Hotel Royal in Sarkhej area of Ahmedabad.
According to the police, Jafar was thirsty, so he was given water.
Meanwhile, the accompanying constable went to the bathroom and left Jafar alone for a few minutes. This
Taking advantage of the opportunity, Zafar fled.
However, a few hours later his body was found near the jail premises.
Police said he had met with an accident and a case of accidental death was registered in the book.
Police also said that Jaffer was mentally ill.
Findings of Justice Bedi’s inquiry
The Gujarat Police’s claim was refuted in Justice Bedi’s report.
The report said that Police Inspector J. hence. Bharwad and constable Ganeshbhai Kasam are mainly involved in Zafar’s murder.
Both should be tried for murder.
The report said that it did not seem natural for the police to put such a dangerous criminal and a member of an Iranian gang on the line for a while and the behavior of the police did not match.
The report said that the Gujarat Police had also tried to pressure the doctors to prepare a fake post-mortem report stating that the cause of death was an accident.
However, the postmortem report stated the cause of death as bleeding due to injury. But the cause of the injury has not been disclosed in the report.
Haji Haji Ismail
Haji Haji Ismail, a resident of Jam-Salaya, Jamnagar, was killed in an encounter on October 9, 2005.
The Gujarat Police alleged that he was a habitual smuggler.
According to the Gujarat Police, Haji Haji Ismail was stopped near Valsad on the Delhi-Mumbai highway.
The incident is of 9 October 2005.
When the police tried to stop him near the check-post, he parked the car some distance away and started firing.
Police Inspector K. Yes. He fired at Erda. Ismail was injured in retaliatory firing by the police and died on the way to the hospital.
Justice Bedik’s findings
According to Justice Bedi’s report, Haji Ismail was shot six, out of which five hit him.
A bullet was filling his body.
Bedi said in the report that this shows that the firing did not happen from a distance, but from very close.
Inspector K. Yes. Erda, PSIL. b. Monpara, PSI J. hence. Yadav, PSI S. that. Shah and PSI Prague p. The report recommended that Vyas be tried for murder and other offences.
A case of murder of a police constable was registered against Sameer Khan and his accomplice Sagarita Khan in 1996.
According to the police case, Sameer and his accomplice killed constable Vishnubhai Zala.
Both were running after pulling the gold chain, when Vishnubhai followed them.
Suddenly caught, but Sameer was having breakfast and he was caught in 2002.
IPS D.G. Samir Pathan was the first in a series of encounters led by Vanzara during his tenure as the Deputy Commissioner of Police in the Ahmedabad Crime Branch.
Sameer Khan was arrested by the police on 30 September 2002.
He was taken to the spot to investigate how the incident happened.
Sameer grabbed a police officer’s pistol and opened fire on the police.
In retaliation, the police opened fire and killed him on the spot.
The police claimed that after the killing of a police constable, Sameer was involved in terrorist activities and had gone to Pakistan for training.
After training in Pakistan, he came up with a mission to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
The encounter case of Sameer Khan Pathan was handed over to CID Crime on 30 October 2002 for investigation.
Justice Bedik’s findings
Justice Bedi’s investigation found that Samin Khan was fired from point blank range.
This was contrary to the claim made by Gujarat Police.
This theory of the police was also refuted in the FSL report that Sameer Khan was firing at the police while shots were fired at him from a distance.
Bedi’s report also mentions the sting operation conducted by journalist Ashish Kheta.
In the video of the sting operation, IPS officer Teerth Raj is heard saying that a massive cover-up was done to suppress the encounter killing of Sameer Khan.
However, Teerth Raje later denied saying such a thing.
Justice Bedi’s report said that the video of the sting operation confirmed that there were major lapses in the murder of Sameer Khan and the investigation in that case.
Justice Bedi has recommended that Inspector K. hence. Vaghela and Inspector Tarun Barot will be charged with murder.
Gujarat Police: Different Luck
Almost all the police officers involved in the fake encounters against whom the court was probing are yet to be traced.
Either they have been shifted to some inaccessible place or they have taken voluntary retirement.
Several hundred were given to some of the police officers accused of fake encounters
Ra’s posting and promotion have also been received.
To many, including the government, these officers are ‘heroes of modern times’.
P. who was due to retire in January 2017. P. Pandey was given the post of DGP with an extension of three months.
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Julio Ribeiro has challenged the Gujarat government’s move in the Supreme Court, saying a person accused of killing four people cannot be made the state’s police chief. The CBI had charged Pandey with conspiracy, illegal confinement and murder in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.
Following the application, the top court ordered Pandey to be sacked for not offering to resign.
Last year, a CBI court in Mumbai dropped all charges against Pandey.
However, something else was written in the fate of two police officers who dominated the media by calling this encounter fake.
In the 90s, when he was posted in Porbandar, Gujarat, he raised his voice against the leaders of the infamous gang.
Earlier, the police used to stay away from the leaders of the gang.
He once took a dig at a senior BJP leader for creating a ruckus in public.
Due to these reasons, his image became as a tough police officer.
When Verma, a 1986 batch IPS officer, was working in the traffic department, his name was suggested to a special investigation team appointed by the Gujarat High Court to probe the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
However, after the formation of the SIT, the court had to turn its head thrice in four months.
Verma survived and at the end of his investigation D. Yes. Vanzara and others as well as former Gujarat DGP P.P. Pandey was arrested.
Their investigation revealed that the encounter was fake and the police did not have enough evidence to prove that Ishrat Jahan and three others were extremists.
After investigation it was handed over to CBI but Verma was allowed to help in the case. Verma has taken the matter forward and the trial is still pending in the special CBI court.
The Gujarat government transferred him to Junagadh Police Training College.
After Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister and Amit Shah became the BJP President in 2014, Verma was transferred to Shillong as the Chief Vigilance Officer of the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO).
In Shillong, he blamed Union Home Minister Kiren Riju and others on NEEPCO’s 600-MW Kameng hydroelectric project for Rs. Prepared a report alleging scam of Rs 450 crore.
The Government of India has shortened his tenure at NIEPCO, currently serving as CRPF IGP (CTC-2) in Coimbatore.
Rajnish Rai Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Kausar Bi and Tulsiram Prajapati were investigating the fake encounter case.
The central government had suspended him in December last year.
The 1992 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre was suspended a month after he applied for voluntary retirement due to personal reasons.
When Rai was in the post of DIG CID (Crime) in Gujarat, he became an IPS officer in 2007. Yes. Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Rajkumar Pandian and Dinesh MN of Vanzara have been arrested in the encounter case. He was dropped from the case after his arrest.
The case was handed over to the CBI, which later indicted former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah and around three dozen police officers from Gujarat in the case.
After the case was handed over to the CBI, the Gujarat government downgraded his CR (Annual Performance Appraisal Report) scores.
Rai appealed to the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).
The Tribunal stayed the deduction. Thereafter the state government revised his record in 2011.
When the NDA government came to power in August 2014, Rai was transferred from Gujarat to the Jharkhand-based Uranium Corporation of India Limited. He was transferred to UCIL.
As Chief Vigilance Officer at UCIL, he submitted a report in which he accused a company in Ahmedabad of unfairly awarding tenders.
On the contrary, he was given a charge sheet to conduct an unauthorized investigation.
He was accused of acting “without the approval of a competent authority”.
He once again approached CAT, which stopped the investigation against him, but was again transferred to the CRPF in Shillong.
Two years later, in April 2017, he released an internal report alleging that an encounter by the CRPF in Assam’s Chirang district was “pre-planned” in which two people were killed.
The details of the report were made public and the government launched an investigation against him.
In June 2017, he was transferred to CRPF’s Counter Insurgency and Anti-Terrorism (CIAT) school in Andhra Pradesh.
Rajnish Rai has challenged the move to suspend him in the Gujarat High Court. He further said that he had resigned earlier and hence could not be suspended.
note – google auto translations if any questions see original Gujarati on this side or bbc Guajarati.