HC forms panel to probe Ishrat killing


On a petition filed by Ishrat's mother Shamina, who had also sought a CBI investigation in the case, Justice Kalpesh Jhaveri ordered the committee led by state ADGP Pramod Kumar to submmit its report on or before November 30.

After the Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, this the second case where courts have ordered further probe on the veracity of the encounter carried out by state police.

Mumbai-based Ishrat Jahan was killed in an encounter alongwith three other persons by Ahmedabad police in June, 2004. The then DCP D G Vanzara, who is a prime accused in the Sohrabuddin encounter case, had claimed that all the four had links with Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba and they were on a mission to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Shamina, in her petition, had demanded compensation for the killing of her daughter in the alleged fake encounter.

The other two members of the probe committee selected by the court are Inspector General Mohan Jha and Deputy Inspector General J K Bhatt.

Justice Jhaveri had last week asked the state government to furnish a list of seniormost additional DGP level officials to the court and had said that the court will pick up three officials to form the team.

The encounter was carried out near Kotarpur waterworks, in the outskirts of the city.

Three others -- Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, Amjad Ali alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani -- were also killed in the encounter.

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