: The Danta Sessions Court on Thursday granted 11 days remand each in police custody to the two suspended officers of the Indian Police Service, D.G. Vanzara and Dinesh Kumar M.N., held in connexion with the encounter case of Tulsiram Prajapati.

Their remand was sought by the state Criminal Investigation Department which was investigating the Prajapati encounter of December 28, 2006. Both Vanzara, a former DIG of the Gujarat police, and Dinesh Kumar, an SP in the Rajasthan cadre, along with 13 other police officials, are in jail in connection with the Sohrabuddin encounter case, having been in CBI custody. They were handed over to the CID on Wednesday and produced before the Danta court today for remand.

The CID had requested for 14 days remand each. But the Danta Principal Sessions Judge, S.S. Joshi, granted 11 days.

The duo were likely to be questioned closely on the “encounter” of Tulsiram Prajapati, a one-time close associate of Sohrabuddin, and believed to be a witness in his fake encounter killing by Vanzara and others on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in November 2005.

Soon after, Tulsiram was arrested by the Rajasthan police. and taken into custody by Dinesh Kumar, the then DSP of Udaipur. He had been brought to Ahmedabad for questioning in connection with a case and when being taken back, he allegedly attempted to flee police custody and was killed in the “encounter” near Ambaji on the Gujarat-Rajasthan border.

Speculation, however, is rife whether the CBI has gathered enough evidence to nail the state Home Minister Amit Shah, who is believed to have been in the know in both the cases.