Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed in a fake encounter, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has told an Ahmedabad court in the first chargesheet filed in the case on Wednesday. According to the CBI chargesheet Ishrat Jahan and three others were kept in illegal confinement before they were killed on June 15, 2004. Here's all you need to know about the Ishrat Jahan encounter case:
June 15, 2004: Ishrat Jahan, Javed Sheikh, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar killed in a police encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Police claim they were members of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba on a mission to kill Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.
Source : AFP
Ishrat Jahan: A college girl from Mumbra, Maharashtra, belonged to a lower middle class family. Second of seven siblings, Ishrat was the breadwinner of the family after her father’s death in 2002.
Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Sheikh: A Mumbai-based petty criminal involved in counterfeit currency and smuggling, he was friends with Ishrat.
Amjad Ali Rana: Allegedly a Pakistani national but there's no documentary evidence to prove it. His identity remains a mystery.
Zeeshan Johar: Allegrdly a Pakistani national but no one claimed his and Amjad Ali's bodies after they were killed. Zeeshan allegedly handed over to Gujarat police by IB officials before the encounter.
Before the encounter
On June 11, 2004, Ishrat left for Nashik with Javed. Later that day and on June12, 2004, she called her mother from Nashik. It is not known how she came to be found in Gujarat on June 15 when she was supposed to be in Maharashtra.