Indian police killed Muslim youth in staged encounter: Probe

An Indian judicial probe said that Muslim female student Ishrat Jahan and her friends killed by police in a staged encounter on June 15, 2004.

Indian police killed Muslim youth in staged encounter: Probe


An Indian judicial probe said that Muslim female student Ishrat Jahan and her friends killed by police in a staged encounter on June 15, 2004.

21 policemen abducted four students from Mumbai on June 12, 2004 and then killed them in Gujarat's capital Ahmedabad in order to win promotions and rewards.

A judicial probe into the incident has named a senior Gujarat police officer, among others, in connection with the "cold-blooded murder" of the 19-year-old student and three others, reported BBC.



The four were killed in "police custody", the probe said. But the police claimed that they were killed in an "encounter" in Ahmedabad.

The four were driving near Ahmedabad airport when they were intercepted.

The Gujarat police had earlier claimed 19-yer old Ishrat Jahan and three others were allegedly part of a cell of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba group plotting to assassinate state Chief Minister Narendra Modi.



Jahan's relatives claimed she was killed by the police in a staged clash, and asked the court to investigate.

The report named 21 policemen, including then deputy inspector general of police DG Vanzara, crime branch chief PP Pandey and then-Ahmedabad police commissioner KR Kaushik, who later retired as Gujarat police chief.

Vanzara is currently in jail facing trial in another alleged fake encounter case.

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