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Ishrat Jahan killing: Probe team gets access to judicial report

Posted by on March 10, 2011 0 Comment

Gandhinagar, March 10 (IANS) In the 2004 Ishrat Jahan shootout case, the Gujarat High Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) was Thursday given access to a magisterial report which is believed to have concluded that the incident was a cold-blooded murder.

A division bench of the court allowed the SIT access to Metropolitan Magistrate S.P. Tamang’s report which is kept with it in a sealed cover.

V.R. Toliya, assistant commissioner of police, who is assisting the SIT, moved an application before the high court seeking to acquire a copy of the magistrate’s report.

The bench comprising Justice Jayant Patel and Justice Abhilasha Kumari allowed the plea stating: “When the SIT appointed by us is going to investigate the case, giving a certified copy of the magistrate’s report should not be a problem.”

Tamang, who held a judicial inquiry into the incident, concluded that it was a staged shootout.

Mumbai college girl Ishrat Jahan, Javed alias Pranesh Pillai, Jissan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana were killed in a shootout by police June,15, 2004.

The Gujarat police claimed that the slain people were attached to terror organization Lashkar-e-Taiba and were on a mission to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

SIT member Satish Verma and his team, including Toliya, recently raided a forensic science laboratory in Gandhinagar and recovered documents and a computer hard disk related to the shootout.

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