PTI, May 7, 2007
INDORE: Gujarat fake encounter victim Sohrabuddin Sheikh had several criminal cases filed against him in Madhya Pradesh besides those in Gujarat and Rajasthan.
One of them relates to the recovery of 26 AK-56 assault rifles allegedly from a well next to Sheikh's family land in Jhirinya village of ujjain district, police sources said here.
The rifles were recovered by gujarat police in november 1995 following a tip-off by an arrested indore-based person, the sources said.
Sheikh had dumped the rifles in the well situated on a government land to avoid suspicion, a senior police officer told PTI.
It was a smart move by Sheikh (to dump the arms in the well) which ultimately led to his acquittal in the case, he said.
It still remains a mystery how such a big cache of sophisticated weapons reached the non-descript village, the sources said.
Madhya pradesh police has records of Sheikh's alleged involvement in a number of crimes, including extortion and transportation of deadly weapons at the behest of Latif, a member of the Dawood Ibrahim gang, for spreading terror in the aftermath of Babri Masjid demolition in December 1992, the sources added.