The BJP on Monday said their stand that Ishrat Jahan was a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative has been vindicated by 26/11 accused David Headley's reported statement before National Investigating Agency (NIA).
"The statement of Headley before NIA is a proof that those talking about human rights and sympathising with Ishrat are anti-Gujarat and are out to tarnish the state's image," BJP spokesperson Vijay Rupani said in a statement here.
"This vindicates our stand that Ishrat was a LeT operative who had come along with three other terrorists to carry out bomb blast in Gujarat," Rupani said.
"It was because of the alertness of the Gujarat police that these terrorists were gunned down after an encounter," the BJP leader added.
Rupani alleged "anti-Gujarat" forces with help of some NGOs and Congress have been trying to take political advantage of the Ishrat killing case.
Bearing out the version of Gujarat Police, America-born Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist Headley had reportedly told NIA sleuths that Ishrat, a Mumbai girl killed in a police encounter along with three others on June 15, 2004, in Ahmedabad, was a suicide bomber of the outfit.
The girl, whose death had sparked a major controversy, was alleged to be a member of Lashker's suicide squad who had been inducted by top LeT operative Muzamil.