The prime witness in the fake encounter case of Ramnarayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiya case is dead, the Navi Mumbai police informed the Bombay high court on Thursday.
The charred remains of Anil Bheda’s body were found in Manor jungles in the outskirts of the city in March.
A division bench of justice BH Marlapalle and justice UD Salvi was hearing a petition filed by Bheda’s wife Aruna seeking direction to produce her husband dead or alive
Additional public prosecutor AS Gadkari submitted a report prepared by the Vashi police stating that they had conducted DNA tests to establish that the remains found near a farmhouse were of Bheda.
A prime witness in the encounter case in which several policemen, including encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, were arrested, Bheda had gone missing from his residence in Navi Mumbai on March 13.
The court has now granted the police a week to decide their further course of investigation and submit a report.