Prashant Dayal, Ahmedabad: In the Sohrabudding fake encounter case hearing taking place in a special CBI court in Mumbai, Rajasthan Police DySP Ranvijay Singh broke down today as he began to testify in front of the judge. He claimed that the CBI had never summoned him for recording his statement in the fake encounter case, but the picked him up just four days before his daughter’s engagement and detained him at Mumbai and tortured him mentally and physically to make him agree to testify in the court.
Singh told the court that Rajasthan Police inspector Abdul Rahman had informed him from Ahmedabad that he should detain Tulsiram Prajapati from Rajasthan. He further said that he was forced to arrest a gangster Hamid Lala illegally under pressure from Rajasthan SP Dinesh MN. He even confessed to having escorted Gujarat Police’s DG Vanzara during his visit to Udaipur, to meet then Rajasthan Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria and BJP leader Om Mathur.
He claimed that when he was asked to record a statement with the CBI, officers Vishwas Meena and DySP Raju were forcing him to give a false statement naming some other officers in the case. They were expecting me to give a specific statement which would suit their path of investigation. But I didn’t budge from the truth that I was the one who detained Tulsiram Prajapati.
Breaking down into tears while narrating his ordeal on the hands of CBI officials, Singh said that he had requested them to allow him to record his statement after his daughter’s engagement, but they kept him detained. DIG Kandaswamy wanted him to sign on a specific statement that was already prepared by them, which was to be submitted to the Mumbai magistrate. SP Amitabh Thakur had two copies with him, one was an arrest memo of him and the other was the forged statement they wanted him to sign. He even claimed that his statement that he never met DG Vanzara too was a forcefully recorded by him.
After such revelations by DySP Singh, CBI now has to answer many tough questions to come clean off the accusations on it.