No evidence that Ishrat had terror links: SIT

Last Updated: Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 00:07

Ahmedabad: The SIT, appointed by the Gujarat
High Court to probe the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter killing
case, has in its complaint to CBI said "there was no evidence
to indicate that the teenager had any terrorist link".

However, the SIT at the same time said the three others,
who were killed along with Ishrat, might have terrorist links.

The SIT also said certain reports after the incident had
indicated that David Headley, the terrorist arrested in the
US, had revealed that Ishrat was part of a terror network,
however, there is no evidence to substantiate it.
Ishrat Jahan, a college girl from Mumbra in Thane
district in Maharashtra and three others, namely Javed Sheikh
alias Pranesh Gopinath Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Jeeshan
Johar, were killed in an encounter with police on the
outskirts of the city on June 15, 2004.

The Gujarat High Court had on December 1 directed CBI to
take over further probe in the case after the Special
Investigation Team (SIT), constituted by it, had concluded
last month that the encounter was staged by police.

The SIT had on Thursday filed a complaint with CBI as per
the instructions of the court and today CBI filed a fresh FIR
against 20 Gujarat policemen based on the SIT`s complaint.

As per the complaint, the investigation conducted so
far by SIT in connection with Amjad Ali Rana and some
terrorist outfits appears to be on the sound ground, while
Javed Sheikh and Jeeshan Johar are also suspected to have
connections with terrorist activities.

The SIT further said Ishrat had come to know Javed Sheikh
for the first time on May 1, 2004, and she was working for
him.
She had traveled with Javed to Lucknow and Ibrahimpur,
district Faizabad, in UP and both of them had visited
Ahmedabad together twice. The SIT complaint further said the
statement of one witness Rashid indicates that she had
knowledge about Javed`s illegal activities before she joined
him.

"However, there is no evidence to indicate that she
had any terrorist link herself", the SIT complaint said.

Speaking about other accused Javed Sheikh (who had
employed Ishrat), the SIT complaint said he had two passports
and criminal record with four offences registered against
him.

Another deceased, identified as Amjad Ali, had been with
Javed in UP and he was present when the latter had purchased
an Indica car in 2004 in Pune.
Thus, it appears that Javed was involved with Amjad Ali
in some illegal activities and may have had links with some
terrorist outfits, as indicated by his personal possession
of a satellite phone and some unexplained money with which he
bought the car.

However, the SIT said the exact link can be established
only after completion of the investigation in this direction.

The SIT also said the link of Amjad Ali Rana with some
terrorist organisations appears to be on the sound ground in
the investigation conducted so far.

Regarding Jeeshan Johar, the SIT said nobody has come
forward to claim his body and his possession of fake identity
card suggests that he might be associated with some terrorist
organisation, which can be established only after further
probe. Johar was identified based on a fake identity card
issued from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir in the name of Abdul
Gani.

The SIT further said in the plaint that statements of
certain arrested accused in Jammu and Kashmir indicate that
they had "some mission" to perform in Gujarat.

The investigation agency in its report submitted to
the court said Ishrat and three others were killed prior to
the encounter date of 15th June 2004.

The SIT in its complaint to CBI said there were evidence
to suggest that Gujarat Police had prior custody of those
killed in the encounter.

Oral evidence discloses that one young male and a young
female were intercepted while travelling in a blue Indica car
at Vasad toll Booth in Anand district of Gujarat by the city
crime branch personnel and that they were taken away towards
Ahmedabad two days before the purported encounter.
The duo could be Javed and Ishrat, the SIT added.

There are oral and circumstantial evidence that a
Pakistani, apparently the deceased Amjad Ali, was kept in
illegal confinement at Arham Farm near Koba circle on the
outskirts of Ahmedabad city prior to the purported encounter,
SIT further said in the complaint.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 00:07

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