Ishrat case: SIT gets court nod to quiz two Gujarat cops

A court allowed the SIT probing the death of Ishrat Jahan in an encounter with the Gujarat police to question suspended state police officers D G Vanzara and N K Amin.

Ahmedabad: A court here on Wednesday allowed the
Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the death of Mumbai
college girl Ishrat Jahan in an encounter with the Gujarat
police to question suspended state police officers D G Vanzara
and N K Amin.

The SIT had filed an application in the CBI court of
Chief Judicial Magistrate A Y Dave seeking permission to allow
head of the SIT Karnail Singh and two other members Mohan Jha
and Satish Verma to interrogate Vanzara and Amin, accused in
the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, who are
lodged in separate jails under judicial custody.

Accepting the SIT`s plea, the court said it was necessary
in the interest of justice that the probe team questioned the
accused persons.

The time and date of questioning has not been mentioned
in the order.

Vanzara is lodged in the Sabarmati Central Jail here
while Amin was sent to Vadodara Jail by the Gujarat High Court
after he had raised concern over his security in wake of his
proposal to turn an approver in the fake encounter case.

Vanzara, an IPS officer, is also an accused in the 2006
encounter of Tulsiram Prajapati, a close aide of Sohrabuddin.
Prajapati was a key witness to the killing of Sohrabuddin and
his wife Kausarbi.

Ishrat was killed in an encounter, along with Javed
Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, Amjad Ali alias
Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani, carried
out by Ahmedabad Crime Branch officials near here on June 15,
2004. Vanzara and Amin were part of the Crime Branch team
which had carried out the encounter.

The Gujarat police, at the time of the encounter, had
claimed that Ishrat (19) and the three others were operatives
of Pakistan-based terror outfit LeT and were on a mission to
kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

According to the police, the encounter was carried out
based on specific inputs from the Central intelligence
agencies that Lashkar-e-Taiba was planning to carry out
attacks on various parts of India, including Gujarat.

However, an inquiry report by Judicial Magistrate S P
Tamang had last year said the encounter was "fake" and
"carried out in cold blood".

The SIT, whose members are IPS officers, has been
constituted by the Gujarat High Court.


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