Cops staged Ishrat killing: probe

Written by Political Bureau | Ahmedabad | Updated: Sep 9 2009, 03:53am hrs
Less than a month after the Gujarat High Court formed a three-member committee under an Additional Director General of Police to probe the 2004 killing of Ishrat Jahan and three others in an encounter by Gujarat police, a magisterial report into the incident has claimed that the four were gunned down in cold blood, allegedly by police officers eager to get promotions and the appreciation of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The 240-page report by metropolitan magistrate S P Tamang was made public today at a press conference by advocate Mukul Sinha who is appearing on behalf of Ishrats mother Shamima in the Gujarat High Court. It was on a petition by Shamima that Justice Kalpesh Jhaveri on August 13 formed a committee led by ADGP Pramod Kumar and instructed it to submit a report on or before November 30.

After the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, this the second case where courts have ordered further probe on the veracity of the encounter carried out by the state police.

Mumbai-based Ishrat Jahan was killed in an encounter along with three other persons by Ahmedabad police in June, 2004. The then DCP D G Vanzara, who is a prime accused in the Sohrabuddin encounter case, had claimed that all the four had links with Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba and they were on a mission to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Tamangs inquiry has called it a fake encounter. Apart from Ishrat, those killed near the Kotarpur waterworks on the outskirts of the city were Javed alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Akbar Ali Rana alias Salim alias Chandu alias Rajkumar and Abdul Gani alias Jishant Johar alias Janbaaz s/o Kalu. The police had claimed Amjad and Abdul Gani were Pakistanis.

The judicial inquiry report states that they were kidnapped from Mumbai on June 12 and killed on the night of June 14 by the police officers. Mentioning names of all the officers, Tamang has said they all conspired to get promotions and appreciation. He has also ruled that there were no Pakistanis as claimed.