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CID books 13 policemen in encounter case

It is believed the team has failed to establish a definite motive behind the killings, reports Rathin Das.
Hindustan Times | By Rathin Das, Ahmedabad
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2007 02:18 AM IST

The Gujarat CID on Monday filed a chargesheet against three IPS officers — DG Vanzara, RK Pandyan and Dinesh Kumar MN — and 10 other policemen in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. The CID had given an action taken report to the Supreme Court last week.

The CID's 713-page chargesheet, given in a sealed cover to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate KJ Upadhyay, will be heard next week when each accused will be read out charges. A copy of it will also be submitted in the Supreme Court.

Although details of the chargesheet were not disclosed, it is believed the team has failed to establish a definite motive behind the 'encounter'. All it has managed to do is to indicate that Vanzara wanted to get into Chief Minister Narendra Modi's good books by publicising that Sohrabuddin was gunned down for plotting to assassinate Modi at the behest of the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba.

This theory shifts suspicion from Rajasthan's marble lobby. It was believed the lobby had told the political leadership in the two states that their "bribing" capacity would be seriously hampered if they paid extortionists like Sohrabuddin.

However, the involvement of the Rajasthan police in the encounter dilutes the theory that Vanzara did it to improve his image.

In the annexures attached to the chargesheet, the CID also submitted material evidence, including bullets recovered from Sohrabuddin's body and soil samples dug up from a covered well in Vanzara's house. But it is unclear if the samples have conclusive evidence of the remains of Sohrabuddin's wife Kausar Bi, who was reportedly burnt and buried there.

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