Stand on Ishrat Jahan is vindicated: Ex-Gujarat DIG Vanzara

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2016 12:55 IST
Former deputy inspector general of Gujarat, DG Vanzara, addresses a press conference in Mumbai. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)

Speaking at a jam-packed media conference, former deputy inspector general of Gujarat DG Vanzara, who headed the encounter of alleged LeT operative Ishrat Jahan, said his claim stood vindicated.

Vanzara asserted that David Coleman Headley’s deposition was something Gujarat Police has been saying since the 2004 encounter took place. Despite this, the policemen involved in the encounter were targeted, he added.

When asked if the killings were staged, Vanzara asked why isn’t nobody asking what was she doing with the four terrorists, two of whom were Pakistani nationals.

“Since 2004 we have been saying that they were terrorists. There were intelligence inputs for us to act. Even the mouthpiece of Lashkar-e-Taiba, issued from Lahore had mentioned then that Jahan was their operative. However, matter was politicised and projected as a fake encounter,” said DG Vanzara.

Without naming any political party, Vanzara further added that the political conspiracy led to a case against Gujarat Police.

“The case is before the high court and till we are pronounced guilty, nothing stands proved...” added Vanzara.

Headley couldn’t recall Jahan’ s name during deposition and public prosecutor Ujwal Nikam had to give three options to him on Thursday.

When Vanzara was asked if this wasn’t feeding of information, he said, “Criticism will always continue irrespective of whatever happens.”

Vanzara’s individual case is being heard by the court and he added that it would a legal call that his lawyers would take if Headley’s deposition will be used as evidence in his case.

While responding to a question if he was in touch with the Gujarat government a day before the encounter, Vanzara refrained from giving a clear reply and said, “Its a system that operates and not an individual. When system works individuals don’t.”

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