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Another Guj cop held in Ishrat encounter case

The CBI has arrested one more police officer in connection with the 2004 alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others, officials of the agency said.

The CBI late last evening arrested police inspector, special operation group (SOG), Gandhinagar, Bharat Patel in the case and he was produced on Sunday before the court, along with suspended DySP Tarun Barot, who was also arrested on Saturday.

Patel, who was the police sub-inspector with crime branch, Ahmedabad in 2004, was called by CBI for questioning at Gandhinagar office.

Metropolitan magistrate AU Jujaru on Sunday ordered them to be sent in CBI custody for 24 hours.
 
In his remand application, DySP CBI special crime branch and the investigating officer of the case, G Kalaimani, prayed for 14-day custody.

‘The accused persons are police officers who were present at the scene of crime and perpetrated the crime of conspiracy leading to murder and other offence,’ said CBI lawyer Abhishek Arora.

The CBI has alleged that Patel brought Amjadali Akbarali Rana, who was murdered on 15 June, 2004 along with Ishrat Jahan, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai and Zeeshan Johar, to the scene of crime and placed him blind-folded on the road divider where he was killed.
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