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September 8, 2009

Ishrat Jahan killed in fake encounter, says probe report

College student Ishrat Jahan and three others who were killed by Gujarat police were not terrorists on a suicide mission but were killed by policemen who wanted promotions.

The inquiry report into the 'encounter' that was staged in 2004, clearly says that Ishrat Jahan, Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Sheikh, Amjad Ali and J Johar, were shot from point blank range and wrongly blamed as terrorists affiliated to the dreaded terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

The then DCM DG Vanzara, who is already lodged in jail, for a similar 'encounter' of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Tulsiram Prajapati and Kausar Bano, had allegedly staged this encounter as well. He had claimed that the youths were planning to kill the Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The Metropolitan magistrate SP Tamang's exhaustive report terms the encounter as fake. It further says that the aim of the encounter was to get promotions and get close to the Chief Minister by proving their worth by killing the 'terrorists'.

The revelations have come as a major embarrassment for the Gujarat police. Already the state and administration has faced flak for its role in the communal riots in the past other than the conduct of police in similar encounters recently.

Ishrat, who hailed from Mumbra near Mumbai (in Maharashtra) was termed a Lashkar operative. All along her family maintained that she was innocent. Her siblings have had a tough time getting jobs due to the stigma attached to them after Ishrat was termed a terrorist.

TIH Bureau

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