Sunday, October 9, 2011

Soharabuddin case witness escapes from police custody, held again

Sylvester, a key witness in the Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, made a dramatic escape from Gujarat Police custody but was rearrested late in the night.

Sylvester, who fled after being produced in a court in Udaipur, was picked up by a Special Task Force of Rajasthan police from Gopalpura area in Udaipur near the Vrindavan Garden at around 2230 hours last night.
"Acting on a tip-off, the special team arrested him", IG, Udaipur, Govind Gupta, said.
A loaded pistol was seized from Sylvester, Anil Deval, STF officer who arrested him said.
Vadodara Police Commissioner Satish Sharma said Sylvester was arrested as he tried to enter his house in Udaipur which had been cordoned off. There were different versions of how Sylvester, an alleged accomplice of Sheikh, managed to escape.
While the Rajasthan Police claimed that he gave the slip on the pretext of going to the toilet, the Gujarat Police said he fled when they stopped for tea near the highway last night.
Sylvester, alias Dipu, was an important witness for CBI which is probing the Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. He was brought to Udaipur in connection with the murder of another alleged gangster Hamid Lala.
CBI has sought a detailed report from the Gujarat Police on the incident, agency sources said in Ahmedabad. Sylvester escaped when the police vehicle in which he was being taken back to Gujarat broke down near Reti stand in Udaipur last night, Gupta said.
Sheikh was killed in an alleged fake encounter on 26th November 2005. 14 policemen including three IPS officers are behind bars in the encounter case.
CBI believes Sylvester could be holding some important leads in connection with the Soharabbudin fake encounter and the subsequent murder of his wife Kausar Bi.

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