Former deputy superintendent of police N.K. Amin, an accused in the
Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shoot-out case whose plea to turn approver
is pending in court, has raised serious questions about his security
in jail and told the court that his life is in danger.
He pleaded before the Ahmedabad court Friday for more security and
has sought transfer from the present barrack.
Amin submitted before designated CBI court judge A.Y. Dave Friday
that on the one hand he is kept locked up in the barrack on grounds
of security and on the other there are no guards around his barrack
at night. He told the court that his barrack is near a densely
wooded area and he feared that he could easily be attacked.
He said that despite his being a diabetic and in need of medical
treatment, the jail authorities have not taken him to the hospital,
ignoring his repeated requests. He also doubted the role of jailor
N.V. Parmar who woke him up at midnight a few days back.
He submitted that the jail authorities are not taking any action
when there is breach of law in the jail.
Giving an example of an incident, he said that a peacock, the
national bird, was killed and eaten by inmates. Despite knowing that
there is a breach of law, no action has been taken, Amin submitted.
Judge Dave has sought clarification on the issue from the jail
authorities in this regard and posted the matter for Sep 1.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had Monday moved an
application seeking tightening of Amin's security after his wife
wrote to the CBI raising concern about her husband's security in
jail. The letter came after a sensational revelation by a riots case
accused in Vadodara that he was approached by Sabarmati central jail
authorities in Ahmedabad to kill Amin.
Last week, one Shakeel Sheikh alias Teja claimed in a court in
Vadodara that he was offered Rs.10 lakh for the contract killing of
Amin, who has sought to turn approver in the triple murder case
involving the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kauserbi and
associate Tulsiram Prajapati.
Teja claimed he was badly beaten up when he turned down the offer.
Amin's wife, Jayshreeben has stated in her application to CBI that
she is not sure whether Teja was telling the truth that her husband
was to be assassinated. But the entire affair causes suspicion so
far as Amin's security aspect is concerned.
Last month, when Amin filed an application seeking permission to
become a witness, he expressed fear that his life might be in
danger. He also requested the court to shift him from Sabarmati
However, the jail authorities assured the court that they could look
after his security. This led the court to order the jail staff to
increase Amin's security.