Sohrabuddin Fake Encounter Case: Prajapati Told Co-inmate That He Would Be Killed
Prajapati reportedly said that there is a threat to his life because he had named Rajasthan Home Minister as well as Gujarat and Rajasthan policemen in his statement.
Tulsiram Prajapati who was killed in an alleged fake encounter case in December 2006 in relation to the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case had already informed several authorities and also his co-inmate Dinesh Gurjar that he was going to get killed.
On Friday, Gurjar told the court that when Prajapati was going for a court hearing in an Ahmedabad court in December 2006, he told him that he would not return, an Indian Express report said.
Gurjar said, “He told me ‘Uncle, main ab wapas nahi aaunga (I won’t return now).” He read in the newspaper next day about Prajapati’s death.
The 64-year-old resident of Rajasthan added, “All of us in jail knew he would be killed in an encounter. The next day, we were informed that he was killed in an encounter.”
He informed that Prajapati had written to various authorities, including NHRC claiming that he would be killed by policemen in a staged encounter. Gurjar claimed that he had helped Prajapati draft these applications.
Prajapati reportedly told Gurjar that there is a threat to his life because he had named Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria as well as Gujarat and Rajasthan policemen in his statement.
Kataria was also initially named an accused in the case, but was discharged in 2015 due to lack of evidence, said the report.
“Prajapati said he is an eyewitness to the abduction of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausarbi and therefore, he was under threat from the police. Prajapati said policemen from Gujarat ATS had abducted and later killed Sohrabuddin and Kausarbi,” Gurjar told the court.
According to his confession, Prajapati told him that Sohrabuddin threatened the owner of R K Marbles for a ransom of Rs 25 crore.
“The owner was ready to give Rs 5 crore but the deal was not settled and so the owner approached Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria,” said the witness according to the report.
The then owner of R K Marbles, Vimal Patni was also named as an accused, and discharged in 2013 for lack of evidence, the report said.
According to Gurjar, Prajapati told him that the minister conspired with policemen from Rajasthan and Gujarat to kill Sohrabuddin.
Prajapati saw policemen were abducting Sohrabuddin, Kausarbi accompanied him despite the policemen not taking her along. Prajapati told him this the witness said.
When defence advocate Wahab Khan asked him whether he had alerted any authority regarding the threat to Prajapati’s life. The Gurjar, the 96th witness in the case answered in the negative, the report said.
Gurjar has been lodged in Udaipur central jail since 2002. He was given life term till his release in 2011, the report added.