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Sohrabuddin case: Geeta Johri demands more powers

Geeta Johri, the officer investigating the November 26, 2005 murder of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi, has demanded more powers from her superiors, and added that if this is possible, the investigations should be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Ahmedabad, May 28 : Geeta Johri, the officer investigating the November 26, 2005 murder of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi, has demanded more powers from her superiors, and added that if this is possible, the investigations should be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

In a note to her superior, the Additional Director General of Police of the Gujarat Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Johri said that she was making her request in the wake of a denial of permission to arrest N K Amin, another policeman, in conenction with the case.

Amin was interrogated last Tuesday. He is accused of being present while the body of Sohrabuddin's wife, Kauser bi, was burnt.

Last week, a former driver of the Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS), which has been alleged of killing Sohrabuddin Sheikh in a fake encounter in 2005, was produced before a special court here.

Nathu Sinh Jadeja has been made a key witness in the case, which is being investigated by Inspector General of Police, Geeta Johri.

"Whatever the investigation team wants to do, they can. He was called to the CID (Central Investigation Department) office. They do not want to arrest him. They have said he is not an accused and just a witness for them," Chetan Shah, defence counsel told reporters.

Nathu Sinh Jadeja had become a hostile witness earlier this week, alleging former investigation chief Rajneesh Rai had intimidated him, said Police.

A statement given by an arrested police constable to police had said that Jadejaad informed him that Sohrabuddin's wife Kausar Bi was murdered in a farmhouse and later burnt.

A magistrate's court also sent three Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) policemen to judicial custody in connection with the case.

Inspector N H Dabhi and constables Ajay Parmar and Santram Sharma were produced by the state Criminal Investigation Department (Crime) which is probing the case.

The investigating agency is also probing the role of these policemen in the murder of Sohrabuddin's wife, Kausar Bi, who is believed to have been killed and burnt by the police.

So far, six persons have been arrested, including suspended IPS officer and former head of ATS, D G Vanzara, his former deputy Rajkumar Pandian and Rajasthan cadre IPS officer M N Dinesh Kumar.The three IPS officers were arrested on April 24.

Sheikh was reportedly gunned down on November 26, 2005 after being branded a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant by the Gujarat Police, allegedly trying to hatch a conspiracy to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The Gujarat Government had admitted in the Supreme Court that Sohrabuddin was killed in a fake encounter with the police officials.

The Government also informed the court that Kausar Bi, who went missing after the incident, was also killed.

The incident has triggered a nation wide debate over fake encounters by security forces at the behest of their political bosses.

ANI

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