Afroz Alam Sahil for BeyondHeadlines
New Delhi: The Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter case has once again come in the spotlight with the allegations involvement of high profile Rajasthan state’s ex-Home Minister and presently the leader of opposition Gulab Chand Kataria in this fake encounter. The Central Bureau of Investigation charged Gulab Chand Kataria of murder, conspiracy and destruction of evidences. In addition to Kataria, CBI also booked Andhra Pradesh Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) N Balasubramanyam, Director of RK Marble Vimal Patni and another Andhra Pradesh Police officer G Srinivasa Rao for murder, kidnapping, wrongful confinement and causing disappearance of evidence etc. The magisterial court issued summons to Kataria and others and were asked to appear in the court on June 4, 2013.
In the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case many arrests were made. DIG DG Vanjara, IPC officer Ajay Chudasama, ex-Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah and others were arrested for carrying out this fake encounter.
Shohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were allegedly abducted by Gujarat’s Anti-Terrorism Squad from Hyderabad and killed in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar.
Sohrabuddin was killed in Ahmadabad in a joint Gujarat- Rajasthan police operation. He was killed in the morning of November, 26, 2005 at about 4 am as revealed by the post-mortem report.
The post-mortem report of Shohrabuddin accessed by Beyondheadlines through RTI shows that he was shot from close-range five times. Three shots were found on his legs, one on upper part of the body and one in the head that left an exit wound of 1.2 cm in the head.
This post-mortem was conducted by a team of doctors belonging to Department of Forensic Medicine, B J Medical College and Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad.
The post-mortem report clearly shows that shots were fired in the downward direction, meaning thereby that Shohrabuddin was lying down or kneeling down at the time of his encounter by the police. This retract the police version of the sequence of events that he was attempting to escape, when was shot at. The post-mortem report accessed by Beyondheadlines shows, beyond any shadow of doubt, that police lied about the encounter.
Copy of the post-mortem is given below: