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Ex-journalist held in Mumbai over gujarat encounter case

india Updated: Jul 05, 2012 23:57 IST
HT Correspondent

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday arrested Ketan Tirodkar, a former journalist from Mumbai, in connection with the alleged fake encounter killing of Sadiq Jamal by the Ahmedabd police crime branch in 2003.

“After he appeared before the (Gujarat) high court this afternoon, Tirodkar was brought to the CBI office at Gandhinagar and later in the evening they took him into custody,” his lawyer Japan Dave told PTI.

“The agency has not given any reasons at present... on what charges Tirodkar has been arrested, but informed that tomorrow he will be produced before the special CBI judge at Ahmedabad,” Dave added.

Jamal, a resident of Bhavnagar, was killed in Ahmedabad on January 13, 2003. Police claimed that he was a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative on a mission to kill chief minister Narendra Modi and Vishva Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia.

Tirodkar, who used to work with an English evening newspaper years ago, had questioned the genuineness of the encounter by filing an affidavit before a court in Mumbai.

Tirodkar claimed he was witness to Mumbai police “encounter specialist” Daya Nayak handing over Jamal to Gujarat police at a park in Mumbai two days before the alleged encounter. He also claimed he had introduced Jamal, a petty criminal, to Nayak.

Ahmedabad police crime branch officers led by the then deputy commissioner of police DG Vanzara claimed to have shot Jamal in an encounter near a cinema theatre in the city. Vanzara is already behind the bars in connection with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case of 2005.

Jamal’s brother Shabbir had approached Gujarat high court for a CBI probe into the case.