The Central Bureau of Investigation, which is probing the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, has sent a judicial request — Letters Rogatory (LR) — to Pakistan, seeking information on two of the four victims. Pakistan is yet to respond.
Jishan Johar and Amjad Ali were said to be Pakistan nationals and Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives, sent to Ahmedabad on a terror mission. The FIR in the case, lodged by the Gujarat police, said they had come to India via Jammu and Kashmir.
“We could not gather any details to establish the identities of Ali and Johar, who died during the June 2004 encounter. We have sent a LR to Pakistan to verify claims that the duo had belonged to that country or had links there, but there has been no response,” said a CBI officer. The agency has already announced a cash reward of `5 lakh for leads and sent a team to J&K, but to no avail.
According to a witness in the case, inspector Bharatkumar Patel, Amjad had identified himself as a resident of Pakistan’s Sargodha. According to others, Ali had stayed in Mumbai with Javed Shaikh, who died in the same encounter.