8 Sep : In a setback to Gujarat govt, a judicial probe says the 2004 killing of young college girl Ishrat Jahan and three others suspected to be on a mission to “kill” Chief Minister Narendra Modi was a case of “fake encounter” by the police.
Metropolitan Magistrate S P Tamang’s probe report submitted in the metropolitan court Ahmedabad on Mondaysaid the four persons who were also suspected to be having links with Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were killed in cold blood by the police.
Magistrate Tamang in his report has claimed that the four were not linked to LeT.
Mumbai-based Ishrat(19) was killed in an encounter along with three other persons- Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, Amjad Ali alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani by Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) officials near Ahmedabad on 15th June 2004.
The then head of DCB D G Vanzara who is a prime accused in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case is behind bars at present had claimed that all the four had links to LeT and they were on a mission to kill Modi.
Last month the Gujarat High Court had formed a three-member committee headed by an officer of the rank of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) to further investigate the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
This was done following a petition by Ishrat’s mother Shamina, who alleged her daughter was killed in a fake encounter by Gujarat police.
After the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, this was the second case where an encounter involving Gujarat police during the Narendra Modi rule is being probed again.