Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cop accused in Ishrat case gets Prez medal

Cop accused in Ishrat case gets Prez medal
Ahmedabad: A Gujarat police officer accused in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case has been awarded the President’s
medal for meritorious service. This has not gone down well with family members of Ishrat and other victims.
   V D Vanaar, deputy superintendent of police at the headquarters in Gandhinagar, is among the 15 police officers from Gujarat selected for the award. In 2004, Ishrat and three others were gunned down on the pretext of being terrorists. Vanaar was part of the team that killed the four. A Special Investigation Team (SIT), appointed by the Gujarat high court is investigating the case.
   Gujarat in-charge director general of police Chittaranjan Singh said, “Usually, officers’ names are not sent for the award if an investigation is on against them. In this case, the names were sent by the DGP’s office before I took over in December 2010. I cannot comment on this selection.”
   The victims’ families have called the encounter coldblooded murder in petitions filed before the Gujarat high court and Supreme Court. The case is likely to come up for hearing before the high court on Friday.

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