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Ishrat killed in ‘staged shootout’: SIT

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 00:36

Zeenews Bureau

Ahemdabad: Accepting the SIT report which has termed the Ishrat Jahan encounter as fake, the Gujarat High Court on Monday instructed the Gujarat Police to file a fresh FIR against the accused policemen.

A division bench of Justice Jayant Patel and Justice
Abhilasha Kumari directed the police to book the accused including former DIG DG Vanzara for murder under Section 302 of the IPC.

The SIT in its report said Ishrat and three others were
killed prior to the encounter date of June 15, 2004.

A division bench of Justice Jayant Patel and Justice
Abhilasha Kumari ordered that a separate FIR under section 302
(punishment for murder) should be filed in the concerned
police station against those police officers who were involved
in the shootout.

The SIT headed by RR Verma had submitted to the court last Friday.

Thane girl Ishrat Jahan, her friend Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai and two suspected Pakistani nationals were gunned down by Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) on June 15, 2004.

A judicial inquiry report by metropolitan magistrate
S P Tamang submitted on September 7, 2009 in the encounter
case had also said that the shootout was fake and executed in
cold blood by the police officials for their benefit.

The probe in the sensational case was supervised directly
by the Gujarat High Court which had constituted the SIT last
year to investigate genuineness of the encounter after
petitions filed by Ishrat`s mother Shamima Kausar and Gopinath
Pillai, father of another victim of the encounter Javed
Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai.

Those accused in the case include then JCP (crime branch)
P P Pande, suspended DIG D G Vanzara, then ACP G L Singhal and
ACP N K Amin---all IPS officers. There were total of 21
policemen, including the IPS officers, involved in the

Vanzara and Amin are also accused in the Soharabuddin
Sheikh fake encounter case and murder of Sheikh`s wife Kausar
Bi and are presently behind bars.

With PTI inputs

First Published: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 08:36
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