Even as two out of the three men killed along with 19-year-old Ishrat Jahan in an alleged fake encounter with the Gujarat Police in 2004 were described as Pakistani nationals, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday announced a reward of Rs.5 lakh for anyone who gives credible information on their real identities.
The CBI has already filed its first charge sheet naming seven Gujarat Police officers as the accused in the encounter and is, at present, investigating the suspected roles of at least four Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials, including Special Director Rajendra Kumar.
While the probe is at its final stage, the agency has now endeavoured to establish the real identities of Zeeshan Johar and Amjadali Rana, who were killed along with Ishrat and Javed.
“We have announced a reward of Rs.5 lakh for anyone who can come forward and give credible information about Johar and Rana. The identity of the person would be kept a secret,” a CBI spokesperson said.
The agency has also published photographs of the two men in vernacular newspapers in Jammu and Kashmir seeking information on their real identity in lieu of the reward.
The Gujarat Police had said that Johar and Rana were Pakistani nationals.