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In a surprise move, IPS officer held in Prajapati case

Manas Dasgupta

GANDHINAGAR: After late Monday night's arrest of Gujarat cadre IPS officer Vipul Agrawal, two constables have been picked up in connection with the killing of Tulsi Prajapati, in what is believed to be a fake encounter in December 2006. Investigation of this case is considered an extension of the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case probe. For, Prajapati was a close associate of Sohrabuddin and witness to his murder.

The three arrests, made by the State CID (Crime), were the first in the case of the killing of Prajapati on the Gujarat-Rajasthan border in Banaskantha district in December 2006, about a year after the elimination of Sohrabuddin on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Mr. Agrawal, who was then DSP of Banaskantha and now Superintendent of Police, Dahod, was arrested in a surprise move. On Tuesday, he was taken to Banaskantha for being presented before a Danta court to seek police remand. Constables Jethabhai Darbar and Vinod Nai were arrested in Patan and Palanpur and taken into the police custody.

The Supreme Court, while transferring the Sohrabuddin case to the CBI, had asked it to look into the Prajapati encounter case also. The CBI reportedly asked the CID (Crime) to hand over relevant papers in the Prajapati encounter case but the State police, even after a dressing down from the court in the Sohrabuddin case investigation, was showing reluctance. However, they have suddenly swung into action. Meanwhile, Rajkot Police Commissioner Geetha Johri, who as head of the CID (Crime) was investigating the Sohrabuddin case, appeared before the CBI here on Tuesday.

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