Confirm if Ishrat was LeT operative: BJP to govt

The BJP on Tuesday asked the government to confirm whether slain Mumbai student Ishrat Jahan was an operative of the Lashkar-e-Taiba as reportedly revealed by Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley to the NIA.

Last Updated: Jul 06, 2010, 18:20 PM IST

New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday asked the government to confirm whether slain Mumbai student Ishrat Jahan was an operative of the Lashkar-e-Taiba as reportedly revealed by Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

"The BJP demands from the government of India to please confirm whether Headley`s confession is right or not," BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.

Headley has reportedly claimed before NIA officials that Ishrat Jahan, a Mumbai girl killed in a police shootout in Ahmedabad in 2004, was a suicide bomber of the Lashkar.

Prasad said: "The entire approach of the government of India as far as Ishrat Jahan is concerned is scandalous."

Ishrat Jahan and Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai were killed along with two Pakistani nationals on June 15, 2004. According to the Gujarat police, they were intercepted on the outskirts of Ahmedabad when they were about to enter the city in a car on a mission to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

In her petition to the Gujarat High Court, Ishrat`s mother Shamima Kausar had disputed the version of the Gujarat police as well as the government and claimed her daughter was a saleswoman working for Javed Sheikh who dealt in perfumes.

-IANS