Seven facts to know about Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case

New Delhi: Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative David Coleman Headley in his deposition before a Mumbai Court on Thursday identified Ishrat Jahan as a LeT operative, who was involved in an operation about shooting police at naka.

The controversial Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case has been news for a long time.

The incident took place took place on 15 June 2004 and involved encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan Raza, a 19-year-old girl from Maharashtra and three men- Pranesh Pillai (alias Javed Gulam Sheikh), Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar, who had alleged links with LeT terrorists.

Here are seven facts to know about the controversial case:

1. On 15 June 2004, the Gujarat police stated that Ishrat, along with three other people, had been gunned down near Ahmedabad for having alleged links with the Pakistan-based terror group LeT and were in Gujarat to assassinate Narendra Modi.

2. Ishrat's funeral procession was attended by over 10,000 people in Mumbra and Samajwadi Party state president Abu Azmi said that he would demand a CBI probe into the killings.

3. In 2004, a news report published in Lahore-based Ghazwa Times (considered to be a mouthpiece of the LeT) claimed that Ishrat was its operative, and was with her "husband" at the time of her death.

4. In Ishrat's case, the Gujarat police claimed to have received information on the assassination plot from the Mumbai police. The Mumbai police however denied all such claims.

5. Metropolitan Magistrate SP Tamang in his 243-page report named the then head of the DCB, D.G. Vanzara, as the accused in the "cold-blooded murder" of Ishrat and three others.

6. A Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by Karnail Singh, was set up to probe the case further. On 21 November 2011, the SIT told the Gujarat High Court that the Ishrat Jahan encounter was not genuine.

7. CBI began its investigation in 2013 and named top cop PP Pandey and Central IB official Rajendra Kumar as co-conspirators in Ishrat Jahan encounter.

News24 Bureau