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CBI summons IB official for ‘fake alerts’ ahead of Ishrat encounter

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File photo of Ishrat Jahan reproduced from a family album. Ishrat along with three others, was allegedly killed in a fake encounter near Ahmedabad in June 2004. Photo: V. Sudershan
The Hindu File photo of Ishrat Jahan reproduced from a family album. Ishrat along with three others, was allegedly killed in a fake encounter near Ahmedabad in June 2004. Photo: V. Sudershan

The CBI has issued a summons to senior IPS official Rajendra Kumar for allegedly generating fake IB alerts, ahead of the encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan

The Central Bureau of Investigation has issued a summons to senior IPS official Rajendra Kumar for allegedly generating fake IB alerts, ahead of the encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan, to the effect that the Mumbai girl and three others had links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the four were out on a mission to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Simultaneously on Wednesday, a petition was filed by Shabir Jamal, brother of Sadiq Jamal, another alleged fake encounter victim, complaining of a dubious role by the same Information Bureau official in fabricating inputs that Sadiq was out to kill Mr. Modi and other senior BJP leaders.

Sadiq was a scooter mechanic in Saurashtra’s Bhavnagar city. The CBI is looking into this case as well.

These two incidents as well as two alleged gun battles post-2002 Gujarat riots up to 2004 have been declared fake encounters or so alleged. Eight people were killed.

All the encounters took place in early hours, all near Ahmedabad and all the victims — they were allegedly out to kill Mr. Modi — died at the hands of the Ahmedabad Crime Branch police, whose boss then, D.G. Vanzara, is now behind bars in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter case.

Four other police officials are also involved in this as well as Sadiq encounter case.

Mr. Kumar served as IB Joint Director in Gujarat between late 2001 and early 2005.

The encounters under Mr. Vanzara happened on the basis of “intelligence inputs” of threat to Mr. Modi generated only after October 2002.

Human rights activists, lawyers and retired senior police officials have been saying for long that it was Mr. Kumar who tipped off Mr. Vanzara and company. It is on record that most of those who were bumped off had only a history of petty crime but were later linked with terror groups who had a singular purpose of eliminating Mr. Modi, L. K Advani and senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders.

In the Ishrat Jahan case, the first finding that the encounter was fake came in 2009 from metropolitan magistrate S.P. Tamang, whose report maintained that the girl and three others had been kidnapped by sleuths of the Ahmedabad Crime Branch from Mumbai on June 12, 2004, brought here and killed in cold blood in furtherance of personal interests like promotions and gaining appreciation from the Chief Minister.

As for the 2003 Sadiq encounter case, Shabir Jamal, in his petition, sought further investigation into the alleged profiling of his brother as a terrorist, and the role and conduct of Mr. Kumar (now posted in New Delhi) in “hatching a conspiracy to illegally detain and confine Sadiq Jamal in their [IB] office at Bungalow 15, Sahibaug, Ahmedabad.”

No hope in judiciary either. look at how Sajjan Kumar was acquitted in the anti sikh riots case!

from:  P M Ravindran
Posted on: Jun 1, 2013 at 09:56 IST


1-8 people killed in different encounters on different days ,all near
Ahmadabad , all the encounters take place in early hours

2-Does it raise doubts when one remembers that the police teams
involved in the Sohrabbudin, Ishrat Jahan and Sadiq Jamal encounters
were all led by Vanzara, who was one of the most trusted officers Amit
Shah and Modi,he reported to shah.

3-All those killed in these fake encounters were publicly billed as
Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists out to kill Chief Minister Modi?

4-These incidents happened after the Gujarat riots ,in a highly
polarized society,who would have benefited by showing Muslim boys
were involved in terror plot to kill the chief minister ,a man who
portrays himself as the ‘Hindu Hriday Samrat’?

from:  Omer
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 15:31 IST

@Shaan... agree with you 100%. Easy way to eliminate terrorism is to make sure we follow the law strictly and honestly.


from:  Manzil
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 07:30 IST

I agree with Shaan. Non law-abiding government officials are the root
cause of all these, and therefore, when a Govt official is found to be
dirty, he/she should be tried expeditiously and convictions handed out
to them like candy bars ad-lib to prevent future govt officials from
following the same path.

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 07:23 IST

the Injustice is the route cause of terrorism and naxalism in many
cases. these culprits must be booked under the same law as for the

from:  Shaan
Posted on: May 30, 2013 at 21:18 IST

injustice leads to more injustice and hatred... hope the accused are made to pay for their deeds...

humbled to see good and upright officers in the CBI and elsewhere as well who lend their voice to call a spade a spade.... just hope the SC remains a corruption free institution for the benefit of our country India.

from:  Aamer
Posted on: May 30, 2013 at 21:14 IST

When encountered happened in Mumbai, they were hailed by newspapers like you to be effective tool against underworld. In Gujarat, it becomes communal. Go check out history of Soharabuddin and see if he was just another petty criminal with AK-47.

from:  vinay
Posted on: May 30, 2013 at 20:30 IST

In his article on, veteran journalist, TVR Shenoy had asked
some pertinent questions about this case:

Why would the Guj police plant random outsiders - including a 19-year
old girl from Thane with absolutely no antecedents at that - when they
could have found several "suitable" candidates in Gujarat, and avoided
even murmurs from skeptics?

Why did one of the killed (Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai) use two
passports, when he should have surrendered one by law?

Isn't it true that no-one in India has come forward to claim the
bodies of the "alleged" Pakistanis killed in the encounter? If they
are indeed Pakistanis, what were one Keralite and one Thane girl doing
in their company?

What of Shaikh alias Pillai's sister's statement that one of the
"Pakistanis" had indeed stayed with her brother?

May be the prejudices and biases of magistrates and committees are
colouring their interpretations of this case, which can clearly be
seen from more than one angle.

from:  Anil Suri
Posted on: May 30, 2013 at 19:17 IST
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