Sunday, March 6, 2011

SIT not to file fresh FIR in Ishrat encounter case

Ahmedabad: The special investigation team appointed by Gujarat high court to probe Ishrat Jahan encounter case has decided not to file a fresh FIR in the case as of now.

Ishrat’s mother Shamima Kausar had filed a plea with the SIT to lodge an FIR against 21 police officers involved in abducting and killing her daughter in an encounter, along with three others.

Kausar had met SIT members IGPs Mohan Jha and Satish Verma on February 19. She gave an application saying that a formal complaint should be filed based on the interim report filed before the high court that her daughter had been abducted and detained illegally and was later killed in a fake encounter of which the SIT had proof.

Magistrate S P Tamang had filed a report which said the encounter was fake and named 21 police officers, including the then Ahmedabad police commissioner K R Kaushik, ADGP P P Pandey, and IG DG Vanzara. Kauser then asked the SIT to lodge an FIR and book all the officers, including deputy superintendent of police Parikshita Rathod who had investigated and justified the encounter.

Ishrat and her Pune-based friend Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh

Pillai, along with two others, proclaimed Pakistanis, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar, were killed on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city on June 15, 2004 by a crime branch team headed by Vanzara.

The SIT had assured Kausar that they would inform her about the decision taken on her plea, but she did not hear from them.

Last week, the SIT chairman Karnail Singh came from Delhi to discuss Kausar’s application, where majority of the officers decided that when the probe was at a critical stage, they should not consider her plea.

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