Ahmedabad, Nov 26 (PTI) Wanted criminal Sohrabuddin Anwarhussain Sheikh allegedly having links with Lashkar-e-Taiba and ISI, who was in the city to kill a top political leader, was shot dead in an enounter with police early today in Narol area on the city outskirts, police said here.
Sheikh, a sharpshooter with underworld connections, had come to the city at the behest of LeT and ISI to assassinate a top political figure, Deputy Inspector General of Anti-Terrorist Squad, D G Vanjhara told reporters.
He said police were not aware of the specific target of the slain criminal but they had operated on the basis of intelligence inputs from Rajasthan police, who were also part of the encounter team that gunned him down.
As per information, the criminal was sent to seek help from the members of the erstwhile Abdul Latif gang, that operated in the city while backup support would be provided by LeT and ISI, Vanjhara said.
He said Sheikh was in Narol area of the city for the past few days and was coordinating his operations from there.
The criminal was also wanted in an arms smuggling case in Madhya Pradesh and for a murder case in Rajasthan.
The official said Sohrabuddin was known to be a close aide of Pakistan-based Sharif Khan and Rasool Parti, who are themselves henchmen of Dawood Ibrahim and were instrumental in the assassination bid on a BJP leader in Gujarat in the recent past, including the murder of former Home Minister Haren Pandya.
The accusations against Sohrabuddin were all made by the then DIG of ATS (Anti-Terrorist Squad) Mr DG Vanjhara. These accustions were most damning. These accusations had allegations of LeT, ISI and dawood Ibrahim connections, arms smuggling, murder of BJP leader and the then Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya, terrorism operations planning and being part of terrorist gangs. (The fake encounter specialist did not shy away from disproportionate magnitude of charges.)
Sohrabuddin was killed while he was in police custody. Police also alleged that they found an AK-47 rifle from his home in Madhya Pradesh.
Then most surprisingly, Advocate KTS Tulsi, the Gujarat government lawyer himself submitted to the Supreme Court of India that the encounter was fake
On Tuesday, the Gujarat police arrested its Deputy Inspector General (Border Range) D G Vanzara and Rajkumar Pandian, superintendent of police with the Intelligence Bureau, and M N Dinesh Kumar (Rajasthan police) on the charge of murdering Sohrabuddin Sheikh.
Sohrabuddin was killed by the Gujarat police in a fake encounter on November 26, 2005. None other than the Gujarat government has accepted this before the Supreme Court. The Gujarat government's lawyer A T S Tulsi told the court, 'The preliminary inquiry has found that it was a fake encounter.'
The sensation was monumental in itself.
[quote]The sensational admission by the government itself has been intriguing because Vanzara was known as a favourite officer of Chief Minister Narendra Modi and state Home Minister Amit Shah.
In India police indulges encounter killing of criminals whom it is difficult to convict legally.
This particular encounter was not only extra-judicial but fake.
A BJP politician from neighbouring Rajasthan state
, Gulab Chand Kataria, too was involved in the case.
[quote]The CBI team headed by DIG P Kandaswamy and S P Amitabh Thakur, which submitted the report to SC on Friday evening, flew back to Ahmedabad.
In its action taken report, the agency is believed to have told the apex court that Sohrabuddin, his wife, Kauserbi, and Tulsiram Prajapati were all killed by the Gujarat police, on the orders of Shah.