A witness in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case was shot at in Udaipur district on Tuesday evening.
The incident occurred at around 8 pm when the witness, Azam Khan, was returning home with a friend in a car, said Udaipur Superintendent of Police Sanjib Kumar Narzari.
“Some unidentified bikers approached Khan and shot at him. He sustained injuries on his left shoulder but is out of danger. He has been admitted to a local hospital in Udaipur and security has been beefed up,” said Narzari, adding that the police are looking for the accused.
Khan told HT: “I am the main witness in the Sohrabuddin case … there has been a threat to my life. So far I cannot name anyone behind the attack.” Khan's friend was driving. “Two masked bikers waved a gun at me. I tried to catch hold of them but one bullet pierced my shoulder. They also fired at me while fleeing,” Khan said.
Alleged gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh was killed in a fake encounter in Gujarat in November 2005. Former Gujarat junior home minister Amit Shah is implicated in the case and behind bars.
Khan, who had been a close aide of Sohrabuddin, is a native of Udaipur.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is investigating the Sohrabuddin case. Khan had reportedly revealed to the CBI some details related to the murder of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya, who was killed in 2003.
It is learnt that his statement implicated some police officers.