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SIT findings on Ishrat: CPI(M) wants Modi out

CPI(M) today demanded the resignation of Narendra Modi over SIT findings in the Ishrat Jahan encounter killing case, saying a "cover-up" could not have taken place without the knowledge of the Gujarat chief minister and top state officials.

delhi Updated: Nov 22, 2011 15:18 IST

CPI(M) today demanded the resignation of Narendra Modi over SIT findings in the Ishrat Jahan encounter killing case, saying a "cover-up" could not have taken place without the knowledge of the Gujarat chief minister and top state officials.

In a statement, the party Polit Bureau said the SIT report that the so-called encounter killing of Jahan and three others by Gujarat Police in June 2004 was nothing but a cold blooded murder constitutes a "severe indictment" of the Modi government.

The party alleged that the Modi government had done everything in its power to shield the criminals in uniform and to assassinate the character of the 19-year-old student. "The order of the high court to file a fresh FIR and charges of murder against the police officers must be immediately complied with. The accused must be arrested without any delay... "The investigation must cover the role of the chief minister in the cover-up and this will not be possible as long as Modi remains in power.

Justice for the victims demands that Modi quit office," the statement said. "Could such a cover-up take place without the acquiescence of the chief minister and top officials in the Government? It is on record that at every stage of the case the Government tried to subvert the processes of justice, just as it had done in the nine cases pending before the courts on the genocide of 2002," it said.

The party was also of the view that the role of certain senior officers of central agencies, who were "complicit in the faking of evidence" must also be investigated. The Central Government must immediately take appropriate action on this count, it added.