Ishrat Jahan not a terrorist: CBI chargesheet

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday will submit its first chargesheet in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case in the Gujarat High Court where it claims that the teenager was not a terrorist.
Nineteen-year-old Ishrat was gunned down by the Gujarat Police along with Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, Amjad Ali alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani in Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.
The police alleged that Ishrat and three others were Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants who conspired to assassinate Narendra Modi.
In its chargesheet, the CBI will mention that Javed, Amjad and Jisan were allegedly planning an attack on Ahmedabad.
“Ishrat was not a terrorist. She had no terror links. It was Javed who used Ishrat as a shield so that no one gets to know about their conspiracy,” said the CBI in its chargesheet.
“The encounter was done in cold blood,” the CBI chargesheet said.
“The three men were in touch with a Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba handler, Muzammil. The three were identified as terror suspects by the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau during telephone interceptions. They were planning to unleash terror attacks in Ahmedabad, but Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi was not their target,” a CBI official was quoted as saying.
The CBI chargesheet includes statements of nine police officers, who were part of the staged killing.
The statements were recorded under Section 164 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in a Mumbai court.
The Gujarat High Court on Monday dismissed senior IPS officer PP Pandey’s plea that sought quashing of a First Information Report (FIR) filed by the CBI against him in the case.
Pandey was Joint Commissioner Police when Ishrat was killed.

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