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'Modi, Shah gave nod to Ishrat killing'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ahmedabad, July 06, 2013
First Published: 00:14 IST(6/7/2013) | Last Updated: 08:56 IST(6/7/2013)

A retired officer of the Ahmedabad police's crime branch has testified before a judicial magistrate in Mumbai that Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and junior home minister Amit Shah had approved of the killing of college student Ishrat Jahan and three others in June 2004.

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The testimony of DH Goswami, who retired as a DSP, is part of the annexure of the CBI chargesheet in the case filed against eight police officers.

Goswami's claim is based on a purported conversation between police officers DG Vanzara and GL Singhal at the crime branch office a day before the killing.

Goswami claimed that when he went to the crime branch office with Singhal on June 14, 2004, Vanzara handed over a written complaint showing a Lashkar-e-Taiba plan to assassinate Modi.

"Singhal was disagreeing with the draft and plan to kill Ishrat. Vanzara was adamant. Vanzara said he had got an approval from the CM and minister of state for home," Goswami said in his statement.


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