The CID team, probing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, arrested three more policemen on Monday.
Those arrested are Inspector in the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) NS Dabhi and constables Santram Sharma and Ajay Parmar, Personal Assistant of RK Pandian, one of the three IPS officers now in custody. The three would be produced in the court on Tuesday for remand proceedings.
The CID team also finished collecting soil samples from a covered-up well in the compound of the bungalow of arrested encounter cop DG Vanzara at his native Illol village.
Samples of loose soil have been brought to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Ahmedabad in sealed packets. Investigators began digging at Vanzara’s home on Sunday in search of the remains of Kausar Bi, wife of encounter victim Sohrabuddin, whose burnt body is alleged to have been buried at the spot.
Vanzara, along with two other IPS officers, RK Pandian and Dinesh Kumar MN, are currently in police custody for the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin near Ahmedabad in November 2005. Kausar Bi was alleged killed soon after, and her body burnt on the bank of a nearby river.
The issue rocked both houses of parliament on Monday. The houses were adjourned twice after both ruling and opposition MPs tried to speak in defiance of the chair.
Congress, Left and SP MPs created an uproar over the fake encounter; the BJP retorted by raising slogans about police firing in Left-ruled Nandigram.
When asked about reports that Sohrabuddin Sheikh might have been eliminated for his alleged involvement in the “fake” CD scandal in which top BJP leader Sanjay Joshi had allegedly been “trapped”, BJP deputy leader in Lok Sabha V K Malhotra said at a press conference, “the Supreme Court is looking into all aspects of the case.”
Talking on the issue, the Congress expressed apprehensions that Vanzara may be killed and a member of a minority community implicated in it as part of the Narendra Modi government's efforts to polarize the atmosphere before Assembly elections.
“I have learnt from a reliable source that a conspiracy is being hatched by the Modi government to get Vanzara killed by a Muslim in order to foment communal riots, polarize the atmosphere and derive political advantage,” alleged spokesman Satyavrat Chaturvedi.
With inputs from Shekhar Iyer and Saroj Nagi