The show of solidarity, at the Capital’s Constitution Club, was sought to be disrupted by activists of the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena, a right-wing outfit, whose members protested, and supported Jahan’s killing. They came prepared with banners in support of the Intelligence Bureau, which is alleged to have had a role in the “staged shootout”.
A social media campaign around Ishrat is gaining traction. With over 2,500 likes on Facebook — Justice for Ishrat Jahan Now — the page, set up by rights activists, such as Manisha Sethi, is fast becoming a rallying point for a nationwide campaign. “Shame,” said a post by Gopikanta Ghosh on the cold-blooded killing. Ishrat Jahan was gunned down on June 15, 2004, along with three men.