Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ishrat case: Crucial evidence missing,Documents Showing Central Intelligence Bureau Tip-Off Not Found

Ahmedabad: Vital documents in the Ishrat Jahan controversial encounter case have gone missing. 
Officials of the Central Intelligence Bureau are likely to be called for questioning in the encounter case of 2004.
The accused cops had asserted, when controversy erupted surrounding the encounter, was triggered by a tip-off provided by the Central IB. However, now the documents that proved that there was indeed any such input from the IB have mysteriously gone missing.
This startling fact was revealed when the Gujarat High Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) that is probing the Ishrat encounter called for documents which the accused cops swore by till now.
“Crime branch officials and the assistant commissioner of police who 

had investigated the encounter have refused to hand over the Central IB  report. They claim that they do not have the report with them any longer,” said SIT officials. “We have only one option left with us. Central IB officials will have to be questioned to ascertain what exactly the input was,” said SIT sources. 
In June 2004, crime branch officials gunned down Ishrat, her boyfriend Javed Pillai and two others – Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar – near Kotarpur water works in the outskirts of the city.
Crime branch officials had claimed that the two others were Laskar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan. The crime branch officials, then headed by IPS officer DG Vanzara who has already been arrested in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, had claimed that the encounter was on the basis of a Central IB tip-off. And, that the four were on a mission to kill chief minister Narendra Modi.

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