'Andhra police not involved in Sohrabuddin case'
The Andhra police chief asserts that no official support has been given to the Gujarat police involved in the fake encounter case, reports Ashok Das.Updated: May 08, 2007 23:16 IST
Andhra Pradesh Director-General of police MA Basith asserted on Tuesday that there was no involvement of the state police officers in the alleged abduction and encounter of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi by the Gujarat police.
Basith said in a press conference that reports emanating from Ahmedabad had mentioned that AP police is also involved as Sohrabuddin and his wife had boarded a private bus from Hyderabad.
"As far as AP police is concerned, no official support has been given to them (Gujarat police team involved in the case). If they have done anything illegal, it is their responsibility," he added.
Replying to a spate of questions, the DGP said that Gujarat cadre Police officer Raj Kumar Pandian had visited Hyderabad after the suicide bomb blast case in the Hyderabad city police task force office (which occurred in October 2005). He visited task force office and left after making inquiries.
"There is no communication from Gujarat police giving any information about the involvement of the AP police. The (Gujarat) CID is investigating the case. We have obtained the copy of Sohrabuddin’s brother’s petition and the copy of the response of the Gujarat government. No AP police officer of whatever rank has been mentioned. As of now, we don’t have any information on involvement of particular AP police officers(in the abduction episode). We have found out none is involved (from AP)," Basith asserted.
He said the Gujarat government has said that the CID investigations have to be carried out in four other states-- Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
"If they (Gujarat CID) are able to get evidence of the involvement of the AP police officials, we will definitely take necessary action.We cannot rely on media reports or go by assumptions. We cannot grope in the dark. We cannot respond to wild allegations. We can act only on official reports. AP police is not involved. AP police has not given any assistance," he asserted.
Reminded that Sohrabuddin, Kausar Bi and another person were abducted by Gujarat police from the private bus that originated in Hyderabad, he said that the offence had taken place elsewhere. "When no offence has taken place in AP, what do we investigate," he shot back.
He rubbished questions as to whether the conspiracy (in Sohrabuddin episode) could have taken place in Andhra Pradesh. "Our department renders only official help(to police of other states). If individual officers had any (informal)contacts, we don’t know. But if somebody (from out state)conspired with them and there is evidence, we will definitely take action," he said.
He also denied reports that the AP government has sought a CBI probe into the entire episode with regard to allegations of involvement of AP police officers. "No. Not so far," he said and added "we are not defensive (on this issue),"