A day after the results of the Gujarat assembly elections were out, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) acted swiftly and arrested five cops in the Sadik Jamal fake encounter case. They were produced before the CBI court number-2 and sent to Sabarmati jail as the CBI sought remand for interrogation purpose.
The five cops are retired Dy SP JG Parmar, police inspectors GH Gohil and RL Mavani and constables Ajaypal Yadav and Chhatrasinh Chudasama. Two Dy SPs IA Saiyad and KM Vaghela are shown as absconders in the case. The court issued non-bailable warrants against the two former cops. Encounter specialist cop Tarun Barot, then Dy SP of Mehsana, was arrested in September and is lodged in jail.
The CBI had summoned all five cops to lodge their statement and later arrested them in the controversial encounter. Further hearing of the case has been posted on December 31.
Meanwhile, Saiyad and Vaghela’s lawyer assured the court that both the accused would remain present in the court on December 24. Parmar and Saiyad were the cops who lobbed bullets at Jamal in the fake encounter as per the complaint lodged. The investigation was handed over to the CBI by the Gujarat high court in June last year on the basis of a petition filed by Sadik’s brother, Sabbir Jamal.
The central agency had also arrested Mumbai-based former journalist Ketan Tirodkar in the case but he is now likely to be made a witness by the CBI.
Tirodkar, in his affidavit submitted before the Gujarat high court, had mentioned that he had handed over custody of Jamal to a team of Gujarat police, which included Tarun Barot, who was a police inspector at that time. Jamal was in contact with encounter specialist Daya Nayak in Mumbai, the affidavit stated.
A petty criminal, Jamal was allegedly killed in a fake encounter with crime branch officials near Galaxy cinema in Naroda on January 13, 2003.
Crime branch officials had claimed that according to an intelligence input received from Central Intelligence Bureau, Jamal was a notorious criminal and had plans to kill BJP leaders including LK Advani, chief minister Narendra Modi and VHP leader Pravin Togadia.