Two more wit­nesses turn hos­tile, num­ber rises to 61

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

MUM­BAI: Two more pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses in the al­leged Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tul­siram Pra­jap­ati fake en­counter cases turned hos­tile be­fore a spe­cial CBI court here on Thurs­day, tak­ing the num­ber of such wit­nesses to 61. Hazari Lal Meena, a for­mer sub-in­spec­tor with Udaipur police, de­posed be­fore the CBI judge S J Sharma.

Ac­cord­ing to the agency, Meena, now re­tired, had said in his state­ment that on the evening of De­cem­ber 24, 2006, Su­per­in­ten­dent of Police Di­nesh M N (a for­mer ac­cused in the case) asked him not to pro­vide es­cort police party for pris­on­ers — Pra­jap­ati and Azam Khan — who were to be taken to an Ahmed­abad court from the Udaipur jail the next day. Meena was part of the re­serve police who pro­vided es­cort par­ties for pris­on­ers. As per Meena’s state­ment, the police had in­for­ma­tion that Pra­jap­ati might try to flee, so Di­nesh told him that a spe­cial team would es­cort them. How­ever, in the court on Thurs­day, Meena de­nied re­ceiv­ing any such or­der. Meena al­leged that the CBI forced him to record a state­ment be­fore a mag­is­trate.

Govind Singh, an­other wit­ness who de­posed on Thurs­day, was posted as an in­spec­tor at Sur­japol police sta­tion, Udaipur. How­ever, Singh to­day de­nied mak­ing the ear­lier state­ment. Fol­low­ing which Meena and Govind were de­clared hos­tile. The court has so far ex­am­ined over 88 pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses, of whom 61 have turned hos­tile.

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