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Shabnam Hasmi in a file photo

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Malegaon: In an open letter dated today National Integration Council Member Shabnam Hashmi urged the Prme Minister to ask the Home Ministry to tender an apology for filing affidavit against Ishrat Jahan.


"My request to you is that if your government has any political will then please ask your home ministry to tender a public apology for filing the affidavit against the innocent girl who was so brutally murdered. It requires some courage and conviction", Shabnam said in her letter to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today.


"The affidavit filed by the Home Ministry is a proof of the fact that in Ishrat Jahan’s fake encounter case UPA has connived with the Gujarat government in a blatantly communal manne", Shabnam wrote in her letter to the PM.


Ishrat Jahan was killed with three other in what turned out to be a fake police encounter in June 2004.


Stating that they realized last month through the media reports that the Ministry of Home Affairs in an affidavit stated that Ishrat, Javed and two others Jisan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana were all operatives of Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba, Shabnam claimed that the Union government told the high court, "No proposal for CBI investigation is under consideration of the Centre nor does it consider the present case fit for CBI probe."

"Moreover", Shabnam writes, "The Centre claimed that there is no question of independent inquiry, as an additional DGP (CID & Intelligence) had carried out an independent probe into the incident and the officer is neither working with crime branch nor is he a subordinate to the crime branch, which carried out the operation and later investigated the case itself."


Questioning the reason behind filing of the Affidavit by the Central Government, she wrote, "It seems it was to dissuade the Court from appointing a strong S I T and give a message that even the Central Government had approved the act of fake encounter. But for the magisterial enquiry the Central Home Ministry had left no stone unturned to prove that Ishrat deserved to be killed."


Stating that whenever action against the errant officers is sought the logic used always is what will happen to the morale of the officers, Shabnam asked, "What happens to the morale of the officers when they torture innocent young people, when they kill them, when they illegally detain them, beat them. What happens to their morale then? Do they just go home and sleep?"


Shabnam came out with the open letter to the Prime Minister after the Ahmedabad metropolitan magistrate, S.P. Tamang, ruled that the June 2004 killing of Ishrat Jahan and three others was a case of “fake encounter.”


In his 252-page, hand-written report, Tamang has named the then “encounter specialist” of the Gujarat police, D.G. Vanzara, among others, accused in the “cold-blooded murder” of the teenaged girl and the three others.


Tamang said Ishrat Jahan was well-educated and came from a good family. “She conducted tuitions and worked hard to support her family. Despite being a good citizen, she was declared a terrorist and killed in an encounter,” the report stated.





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