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Gujarat fake encounter accused IPS officers remand extended till May 8

The Metropolitan court here on Saturday extended the police custody of three senior police officials arrested in connection the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Ahmedabad, May 5 : The Metropolitan court here on Saturday extended the police custody of three senior police officials arrested in connection the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

The three IPS officers are Gujarat cadre IPS officers Border Range DIG D G Vanzara, SP (Operations) Rajkumar Pandyan; and Alwar (Rajasthan) SP M N Dinesh Kumar.

The officers were produced before the court, which extended their police custody till May 8. The four-day remand of all of them was coming to an end today.

The Gujarat CID probing the case had sought extension of police custody by seven days for further interrogation to find out more details about Kausar Bi, Sheikh's wife, who has been missing since the encounter in November 2005.

The CID also filed an application seeking the court's permission to conduct narco-analysis and brain-mapping tests on the three IPS officers.

However, the three officers have reportedly refused to cooperate in the forensic tests.

Vanzara's lawyer has claimed that Vanzara's life is under threat and added that they are going to approach the court to increase his security, which is already of Z-category.

Earlier today, villagers hailing from Vanzara's community staged demonstrations outside the court premises in his support.

Sheikh was reportedly gunned down on November 26, 2005 after being branded a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant by Gujarat Police.

The police have claimed that Sheikh was plotting to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to avenge the death of Muslims in the Gujarat riots in 2002.

On Monday, the Gujarat Government told the apex court that Kausar Bi was raped, killed and burnt a few days after Sheikh was killed.

While Kausar Bi's whereabouts remain unknown, her first husband, Basharat Ali said in Ujjain that he was not in touch with Kausar for over five years.

After a married life of 21 years, Kausar left Basharat Ali when he lost his job.

"She used to wear a veil like Muslims do, but later she changed and adopted a more modern way of life. Following this we had problems, we started bickering and eventually she went back to her parents' home. I tried for three months to bring her back, but in vain. She said she wanted a divorce, and in 2002 we got divorced," said Ali.

"I never heard from her in the past five years, and I was not concerned either. It was only when I read in the newspapers that I got to know about her death," he added.

Ali has sent his and Kausar's three children away from his home to a relative's home at Nagda, about 90 km from Ujjain, to avoid media glare.

"We have a television at home and they read the newspapers. Of course the children know that Kausar is no more, they are stunned and depressed," he said.

ANI

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