Former Gujarat Top Cop Vanzara Discharged in Sohrabuddin Sheikh Fake Encounter Case

The DIG-rank officer was arrested in 2007 in connection with the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, believed to be linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Mumbai: The special CBI court today (August 1) discharged former IPS officer from Gujarat D. G. Vanzara and Rajasthan cadre IPS officer Dinesh M. N. in the case of alleged fake encounters of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati.

Special CBI judge Sunilkumar J. Sharma discharged Vanzara and Dinesh M. N.

Vanzara, a DIG-rank officer, was arrested on April 24, 2007, in connection with the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, who the Gujarat police claimed had links with Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The Bombay high court had granted bail to Vanzara in September 2014.

Reacting to the court’s order, Vanzara said, “Justice has finally been done.”

Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi were allegedly abducted by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad from Hyderabad on their way to Sangli in Maharashtra.

Sheikh was killed in an alleged fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005, after which his wife disappeared.

Prajapati, an aide of the Sheikh and an eyewitness to the encounter, was allegedly killed by police in Chapri village in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district in December 2006.

The Sheikh killing case was transferred to Mumbai in September 2012 on the request of CBI for a fair trial.

In 2013, the Supreme Court had clubbed the alleged fake encounter case of Prajapati with that of Sheikh.