Sohrabuddin Sheikh, who was killed in a fake encounter in 2005, had two cases registered against him under the Arms Act, and also spent a year in the Bhairavgarh Jail in Ujjain in 1999 under the National Security Act.
Both the cases were registered in Sohrabuddin's home district Ujjain - one in Mahidpur and the other in Nagda police station.
Second among five sons of Anwar Shiekh of village Jhirnya on the Ujjain-Nagda Road, Sohrabuddin's forefathers enjoyed the status of 'Thakur' during the Scindia regime before Independence and possessed over 1,000 bighas of land. Sohrab's mother Jebunnisha Bi is sarpanch (village head) of Jhirnya.
Sheikh's entire family was engaged in farming except his youngest son Nayabuddin who was in the marble quarry business in Udaipur in Rajasthan. Sohrabuddin too picthed in the mining business that often took him to Ahmedabad.
He was the main accused in the Hamid Lala murder case in Udaipur, besides several cases of extortion.
Sohrabuddin shot into the limelight when the Gujarat police recovered a huge cache of arms, including AK 47 and AK 56 riffles, cartridges and hand grenades from a well near his haveli in his village. He and his father were booked under the Arms Act.
As the case involved two states, the Central Bureau of Investigation was handed over the probe but nothing came of it and the father-son duo were given a clean chit.
The Shiekh family has a large number of supporters in Jhirnya and adjoining villages, and when Soharabuddin's body was brought to the village after the fake encounter in November 26, 2005, the village folks staged an angry protest, much to the chagrin of the Nagda police that retaliated by booking eight of them on charges of fomenting communal trouble. However, the case against the eight is still hanging fire for want of nod from the state government.