A senior Gujarat police officer faces arrest in a 26-year-old fake encounter case after the criminal investigation department (CID) booked him for five murders.
Additional Director-General of Police Kuldeep Sharma has been slapped charges of criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder, destruction of evidence and threatening and influencing witnesses.
“He can be arrested any time now,” a senior CID officer said.
Alleged smugglers Umar Walimamad and Fakir Mamad were killed in a gun battle with the police in May 1984. Two of their relatives, Juma Walimamad and his son Ibrahim, also went missing and were presumed murdered.
Subsequently, another member of the family was allegedly killed by the police.
Sharma was then the superintendent of police. The Gujarat High Court asked the CID to investigate the matter.
Jusad Juma, a relative of the victims, filed a complaint this year “seeking investigation in the fake encounters and murders of his family and relatives”, a police statement said.
As additional director of CID in 2006, Sharma had accused then junior home minister Amit Shah of helping stock market scamster Ketan Parekh get bail in lieu of R2.5 crore. Shah resigned last month and was arrested for allegedly masterminding the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in 2005.
In January, Sharma’s younger brother Pradeep was also arrested in a decade-old land scam case.