Rajasthan Ex-IG held by CBI in fake encounter case

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The CBI has arrested Ex-IG officer A Ponnnuchami on 16 May for his alleged involvement in connection with the fake encounter of Dara Singh on 23 October 2006 in Jaipur. The case was handed over to the CBI by the Supreme Court in April last year after family members of Dara Singh alleged that police was not taking action in the case. After Ponnnuchami’s arrest a CBI special court also issued arrest warrants against an Additional Director General of Police, A K Jain, and Additional SP Arshad Ali. According to CBI, “Both the officers have not turned up so far. The ADG’s questioning is crucial to establish any links of a former BJP minister who is alleged to be behind the killing. It is alleged that 14 police officers including Rajendra Singh Rathore former minister in the Vasundhra Raje government were involved in this case. It is believed that Dara’s encounter allegedly took place due to rivalry between two groups of liquor contractor and Dara is believed to be associated with one group and the other group was close to Rathore. The CBI has already arrested four police officers of Rajasthan including inspector Nisar Khan and Naresh Sharma and sub-inspector Satyanarayan Godara and ASI Surendra Singh in this case. The case is being monitored by the Supreme Court and the CBI is to submit a status report within two months from the time they began investigating the case.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2011 on page no. 11

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