The Gujarat government has dismissed a magisterial report claiming that Mumbai college student Ishrat Jahan and three of her friends were killed by state police in a fake encounter.
Jay Narayan Vyas, Gujarat government spokesperson, said that the report submitted by Metropolitan magistrate SP Tamang is invalid and prepared in haste.
On June 15, 2004, Ishrat Jahan, 19 and her three friends – Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, Amjad Ali alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani – were killed by officials of Gujarat Police’s Detection of Crime Branch near Ahmedabad.
The magisterial report released to the media on Monday claimed that the four were killed in cold blood, allegedly by police personnel who were keen on getting promotion and appreciation of chief minister Narendra Modi.
DG Vanzara, senior police official who headed the Detection of Crime Branch then, had claimed that the four had links with the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist groups and they were planning to kill Modi.
The report, blaming 21 police officials for the alleged fake encounter, said that the then Ahmedabad Police Commissioner K R Kaushik, Crime Branch Chief P P Pandey and Vanzara staged the fake encounter.
Vanzara is already under arrest for his alleged involvement in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter.