Sohrabuddin case: Four police officials arrested in Gujarat

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Gujarat, Oct 9: Four police officials have been arrested in Gujarat after they failed to control the witness in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, who escaped police custody on Oct 6.

The witness was being produced in the Udaipur Udaipur court and escaped while he was brought back to Gujarat. He was later nabbed from Ajmer.

"Sylvester was nabbed from Ajmer in a joint operation by Gujarat and Rajasthan police," said Chitranjan Singh, DGP, Gujarat adding Sylvester also had a weapon with him at the time of being nabbed.

"He will be handed over to Udaipur police and will eventually be given to Vadodara police so that he can be brought to Gujarat," said Singh.

According to sources, Sylvester was being brought to Vadodara and was being presented in the Udaipur court when the vehicle in which he was being escorted broke down on the the Gujarat-Rajasthan border.

The CBI team however feared that the witnesses in Sohrabuddin and Tulsi Prajapati case would be killed by the police in an encounter the same was Tulsi was killed. Tulsi was killed by the Gujarat police a day after he tried to escape the police.

"We are worried that he would be found dead in the next few days after a police encounter," said a source.

"But we are nevertheless concerned about his security as his disappearance could affect the investigation of the cases in other ways," said a CBI source on the fact that CBI was not happy with the way the case was being dealt with adding that Sylvester's absence would not affect the case as his statement was already recorded under Section 161 in the presence of judicial magistrate.

Sources also reveal that Sylvester's statement played a crucial role in the arrest of Abhay Chudasma, suspended IPS officer and also former Gujarat minister of state for home, Amit Shah.

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