The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the 2006 alleged fake encounter case of alleged Chhota Rajan aide Ramnarayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiya will move court to declare the six untraceable police officers as proclaimed absconders.
“The six police officers are still untraceable and we would shortly move the court to declare the accused as proclaimed absconders,” said R N Mishra, special public prosecutor of SIT
Dismissed encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma is the key accused in the case. This fact surfaced when the SIT was opposing Sharma’s bail plea. Mishra told the court that if Sharma was granted bail, it would hamper the investigation and will make it difficult for the SIT to arrest the absconding accused.
Police sub-inspector (PSI), Mahendra Herpude, has said that his brother Ganesh Harpude’s name appears in the first information report as an accused in the encounter case. PSI Ganesh Herpude, attached to the Dahisar police station, was then working for the DN Nagar police station at the time of the encounter.
Mahendra said that currently his brother was on vacation. “Our family is very tense after Ganesh has been accused in the case,” said Mahendra, who was contacted after Ganesh was said to be missing.
When asked when Ganesh left for the holiday and whether his family knew his whereabouts, Mahendra said that he did not know when Ganesh took leave but that his family was aware that Ganesh was on leave and confirmed that he was not missing.
“Ganesh had been called to record his statement but was not detained by the police,” added Mahendra.
KMM Prasanna, deputy commissioner of police and SIT chief said six policemen were called to record statements but were not detained or arrested as yet.
Prasanna refused to comment if the policemen had gone underground.
The Bombay High Court, last year, had directed the police to form a SIT and lodge a first information report (FIR) against police officers in connection with alleged fake encounter, after Gupta’s brother Ram Prasad moved the high court alleging that Lakhan Bhaiya had been shot dead in cold blood by the police team under the leadership of Pradeep Suryavanshi on November 11, 2006 near Nana Nani park in Versova.