Ishrat encounter: New affidavit aims at damning Modi, says BJP
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 23:47
New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday described as an attempt to "damn" Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi the Centre's move to replace the affidavit in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case even if it meant staking the reputation of Intelligence Bureau in the process.

"The Ishrat Jahan case affidavit has been changed by the central government. In the new affidavit, which runs into two-three pages, new things have been said...In short, it means that in order to damn Narendra Modi, (the government would) let the Intelligence Bureau be damned," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

The IB had reportedly provided inputs about Jahan, her friend Javed Shaikh and two Pakistan-trained Lashkar-e-Toiba men, to Gujarat police. Based on this input, the four were shot dead in an encounter.

"Change in stand (new affidavit) is a textbook example of how vote-bank rules over national security," Prasad said, hinting at minority appeasement being the reason.

The Union Home Ministry had filed an affidavit in which it had said the four were involved in terrorist activities and had been directed by their LeT bosses to target high-profile politicians in Gujarat.

"In Para 20 of the earlier affidavit, the Home Ministry had stated that LeT operatives arrested in Kashmir had confessed that Amjad alias Salim (one of Ishrat's accomplices killed in the encounter) was a LeT member," Prasad said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 23:47

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