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Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter: Brother accuses CBI of working for the accused

Mysterious deaths: Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi  

Sohrabuddin Sheikh’s younger brother Rubabuddin said on Saturday the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) did not do a thorough investigation in the alleged fake encounter of his elder brother and sister-in-law Kausar Bi and said they were working in a manner which makes one feel that the CBI was working for the accused.

He also filed an application before Judge SJ Sharma to summon Rajnish Rai, the IPS officer who probed Sohrabuddin’s encounter and chargesheeted the accused, Sohrabuddin’s brother Shahnawazuddin, Raman and Dasrath Patel - owners of popular builders in Ahmedabad as witnesses in the ongoing trial.

Dressed in a white kurta pyjama, Rubabuddin started narrating the incident about his brother’s alleged fake encounter in Hindi, and said we still do not know where my sister-in-law Kausar Bi is.

He said on November 16, 2005, Najamuddin, Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi went to Indore from their village Jhirniya and then they went to Hyderabad. He said Tulsiram Prajapati was also with them, and they had gone to meet Kalamuddin for Eid.

Then on November 22, 2005, he called his younger brother Najamuddin to ask about where Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi are, and he informed him that they were in Sangli. The next day when he called, he could hear the breeze when someone picked up.

The day after that someone else picked up and on November 25, 2005 the phone was not reachable. Then on November 26, he went to Naroda junction and Shahnawazuddin called him and said, “I heard some news that Sohrabuddin was killed in a fake encounter, and to go to Ahmedabad to take the body.” Rubabuddin said he saw in the news that Lashkar-e-Toiba’s member Shorabji Seth has been killed.

“His body was brought in an ambulance by the ATS and I asked one of the officers why was he killed? What had he done and where is his bhabhi, Kausar Bi?,” said Rubabuddin.

Rubabuddin then suddenly started feeling anxious and told the court that he was experiencing some pain in his chest and said each time he talks about the incident, he feels this.

Rubabuddin told the court that Kausar Bi was pregnant and that neither Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Crime nor CBI took note of this important fact, and even if they did they wiped it all out.

Rubabuddin went on to say that Najamuddin had told him that while Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi were travelling in the bus, a Tata Sumo and a Qualis came in front of the bus and stood in front of the bus with a revolver and officials from ATS Gujarat and Rajasthan special task force shot Sohrabuddin. Rubabuddin then broke down in court.

He said he saw Sohrabuddin’s body closely and said there were eight bullets marks on his body and Kausar Bi was raped and then killed. He said Tulsiram was taken to Rajasthan by MN Dinesh. He then spoke about how he wrote to the Chief Justice of India and requested for a higher level probe into the matter.

He also told the court that on September 22, 2014, former sub-inspector of police, Naresh Chauhan had threatened to throw him down and that he complained about it to Judge BH Loya and also Colaba police station.

Just before his cross examination was to begin, he started complaining of being very restless and told the court that he is a heart patient and wants to sleep for sometime. Unprecedented, the court allowed and he took a nap for 45 minutes. In the cross, he said, he did not inform the CID, SC or CBI that the third person travelling with Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi was Tulsiram. On November 19, the chief investigating officer Amitabh Thakur will be examined in the case.

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