The CBI, which is likely to submit its supplementary chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case probe, has failed to gather any evidence to establish the identities of two of the deceased, Amjad Ali and Jishan Johar.
“Despite our best efforts, we do not have any lead whatsoever to establish the identity of Amjad Ali and Jishan Johar,” said a CBI official. The CBI has announced a cash reward of `5 lakh for any lead on the deceased duo’s background. The agency had also sent a team to J&K to gather details on their identities but drew a blank, said the source.
Johar and Ali, allegedly Pakistani LeT operatives were sent to Ahmedabad on a terror mission via J&K, according to officials of the Ahmedabad crime branch who allegedly executed the fake encounter in June 2004.
CBI’s July charge sheet in the case had given no antecedents of the two other deceased, Jahan and Javed Shaikh, but is likely to do so in the supplementary charge sheet. The court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), whose final report was incorporated in the CBI’s case FIR, had said Jahan had no criminal or terror antecedent — a conclusion the CBI is likely to repeat in the supplementary charge sheet. According to her mother, Shaikh had employed her as a business assistant at a monthly salary of Rs. 3,000.
According to several witness testimonies that were part of the CBI chargesheet, Shaikh was allegedly seen with Ali alias Bunty in Uttar Pradesh to buy a weapon.