CBI names two AP cops in Sohrabuddin fake encounter

CBI names two AP cops in Sohrabuddin fake encounter

Two police officials from Andhra Pradesh � senior IPS officer N Balasubrahmanyam and an Assistant...

Two police officials from Andhra Pradesh � senior IPS officer N Balasubrahmanyam and an Assistant Commissioner of Police Ch Srinivasa Rao � were on Tuesday charge-sheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheik fake encounter case.

Sohrabuddin, his wife Kausarbi and their friend Tulasiram Prajapathi were allegedly picked up by the Gujarat police while travelling from Hyderabad to Sangli in 2005. Later, Sohrabuddin was allegedly eliminated in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005. A year later, Kausarbi and Tulasiram were also reportedly shot dead by the Gujarat police.

The CBI said in the supplementary charge-sheet that Balasubrahmanyam and Srinivasa Rao extended logistics support for the Gujarat police team in picking up Sohrabuddin, his wife and friend.A Balasubrahmanyam is at present working as the Inspector General in the intelligence wing of the State police, while Srinivasa Rao is posted as the ACP, Shamshabad sub-division.

A 1994-batch IPS officer, Balasubrahmanyam was the district SP of Prakasam district when the alleged kidnapping and encounter of Sheikh. Rao was at that time posted as the Inspector at Rajendranagar police station. It is alleged that both the officers had knowledge about Sheikh's presence in Hyderabad and tipped off the Gujarat police which abducted them.

Balasubrahmanyam reportedly booked the accommodation for the Gujarat police team deputed to pick up Sohrabuddin in 2005, at the Police Officers Mess at Masab Tank here. On the other hand, Srinivasa Rao was said to be among a few officials of the AP Police who accompanied the Gujarat police team until they were caught midway after crossing Medak district.

It appears that the CBI officials concluded after an investigation that the Gujarat police team could not have picked up Sohrabuddin without taking help from the local police.A The CBI said that it was alleged that Sohrabuddin, a small-time criminal, had demanded Rs 24 crore as protection money from Patni and that was why he was eliminated. Kataria was described as a link between Patni and former Home Minister of Gujarat Amit Shah.

According to the CBI, Shah was the "kingpin" of the conspiracy to kill Sohrabuddin. He was arrested in July 2010 but released on bail after three months. Shah is known to be a close aide of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

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