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HC forms panel to probe Ishrat Jahan encounter

PTI  Ahmedabad, August 13, 2009
First Published: 19:56 IST(13/8/2009) | Last Updated: 20:02 IST(13/8/2009)

In the second case where an encounter involving Gujarat police during the Narendra Modi rule will be probed again, the state High Court on Thursday ordered that a three-member committee of top police officers will further investigate the killing of alleged LeT woman activist Ishrat Jahan in 2004.


Acting on a petition filed by Ishrat's mother Shamina, who alleged that her daughter was killed in a fake encounter
by Gujarat police, Justice Kalpesh Jhaveri said the committee will be headed by state Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Pramod Kumar.

The other two members of the committee are Inspector General Mohan Jha and Deputy Inspector Genearal J K Bhatt, the
court said. After the Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, this the second case where courts have ordered further probe on veracity of encounters carried out by state police.

Mumbai-based Ishrat Jahan was killed in an encounter along with three other men by the Detention of Crime Branch
(DCB) of Ahmedabad police in June, 2004.

The DCB headed by the then DCP D G Vanzara, who is a prime accused in the Sohrabuddin encounter case, had claimed
that all the four had links with Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and they were on a mission to
kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Besides Ishrat, Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, Amjad Ali alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan
Johar Abdul Gani -- were also killed in the encounter carried out near Kotarpur waterworks, in the outskirts of the city.

The committee has been asked to submmit its report on or before November 30.


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