A two-member police team from Gujarat questioned relatives of a surrendered naxalite, Nayeemuddin, in connection with the encounter killing of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi.

With the help of their counterparts here, Gujarat police summoned Nayeemuddin's relative Sajida to Vanasthalipuram police station on Monday and recorded her statements.

Sajida's statements were recorded as her husband Fayeem allegedly gave shelter to Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi when they came to the city before they were killed in an alleged encounter in Gujarat in 2005.

Fayeem missing

Some photographs were also shown to her but she could not identify them. Even as the police were trying to collect more details from her, Sajida broke down saying that her husband Fayeem was missing for the last few months. Fayeem is brother-in-law of Nayeemuddin.

Statement recorded

ACP (Vanasthalipuram) B. Srinivas Reddy confirmed the visit of Gujarat police team. “They recorded the statement of a woman in connection with a case,” he said.

Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi, hailing from Jharnia village in Madhya Pradesh, were travelling in a bus from Hyderabad to Sangli, Maharashtra, when the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Gujarat stopped the bus and allegedly took them away in November 2005.

Allegations

Three days later, Sohrabuddin was killed in an alleged encounter on a highway at Vishala Circle near Ahmedabad. Kausar Bi also died in mysterious circumstances later.

There were allegations that some police officers from Andhra Pradesh had assisted Gujarat police in shifting the couple to Gujarat.

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