One of the Patel brothers, key witness in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, on Sunday said they were living in constant fear after giving statement before the CBI.
"You all must have been hearing in the media about our statements before the CBI which are facts. If I were to describe our experience in short you will be shocked," said Raman Patel, of Popular Builders, during a function organised to felicitate him and his brother Dashrat for showing courage in giving statement to CBI against the extortionist cops.
According to the CBI chargesheet in the fake encounter case Gujarat police had stage-managed a shoot out at office of Popular Builders, using close aides of Sohrabuddin with the purpose of lodging FIR against him in Gujarat in December 2004.
"We were asked to pay money to police. We were framed in false cases. Police treated us like hardcore criminals and terrorists. They even tortured us mentally and physically," said Patel, who along with brother Dashrat are accused in the firing case in their own office.
"We did not know that we will have to pay a big price for giving statement to CBI as now we are constantly living under security cover as we fear for our lives," Patel said.
At a function organised by Ahmedabad Patidar Samaj (APS), Patel brothers were felicitated and hailed for their courage to stay with the truth.
According to CBI, Patel brothers were told that what they would be deposing before CBI will be supplied to them in the form of written statements by DCP Abhay Chudasama, who is also an accused in the case.
The brothers had four meeting with middlemen sent by former minister Amit Shah arrested by CBI, at four different places. These meetings were video graphed by them in a discreet manner. These audio-visual recording has been seized by the CBI and has been shown as a major evidence against Shah and other accused.