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Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case: a timeline of the events

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:38 IST

Ishrat Jahan Raza, a 19-year-old girl from Mumbai, Maharashtra, and three men -- Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar -- were killed in an encounter, by officers of the Ahmedabad Police Crime Branch in 2004. In a recent revelation, Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley told the special court on Thursday that Ishrat Jahan was a suicide bomber working for Lakshar-e-Toiba. Here's a chronology of events in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case:

June 15, 2004: Ishrat Jahan and three others killed in a police encounter in the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Police claimed they were members of terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba and were on a mission to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

September 2009: Ahmedabad Metropolitan Magistrate SP Tamang called the encounter fake.

August 2010: The Gujarat High Court asked the Supreme Court-appointed SIT headed by former CBI director RK Raghavan to take up the case.

September 2010: The High Court set up a new SIT after the Raghavan-led SIT said it could not undertake the investigation. Karnail Singh was its first chief but he quit later, followed by successors Satyapal Singh and JV Ramadu.

November 2010: The Supreme Court dismissed the Gujarat government's plea challenging the High Court order to form the new SIT.

January 28, 2011: One of the SIT members filed an affidavit stating that the encounter was a fake one. He also accused other two members for not allowing the investigation to be done in fair manner.

July 2011: New chairman of the SIT appointed.

November 2011: The SIT, informed the court that the encounter was staged. The court's division bench ordered a fresh FIR under IPC 302 against those involved in the encounter. Also in the same month, the CBI arrested four Rajasthan policemen.

December 2011: The High Court ordered a CBI investigation after rejecting the state government's proposal to transfer the case to the Special Task Force.

February 2013: After a year-long investigation, the CBI arrested Gujarat IPS GL Singhal, and two other police officers JG Parmar and Tarun Barot who were part of the teams that killed Ishrat and others.

May 2013: CBI court issued an arrest warrant against Gujarat ADG PP Pandey.

June 2013: Suspended IPS officer D G Vanzara was arrested by the CBI.

June 2013: India Today reported that Asif Ibrahim, the chief of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), had told the Prime Minister's Office and the Home Minister that the IB had "enough evidence" to prove that Ishrat Jahan belonged to an LeT module which planned to kill Narendra Modi and Lal Krishna Advani. India Today reported Ibrahim telling the government that David Coleman Headley had revealed this in his interrogation by the FBI.

May 2015: Special judge KR Upadhyay pronounced the order giving relief to Amin who was arrested by CBI in 2013. This court had earlier granted bail to IPS officer PP Pandey and retired DIG D G Vanzara.

February 2016: Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley said that Mumbai resident Ishrat Jahan was a suicide bomber for Pakistan-based terror outfit Laskhar-e-Taiba.

First published: 11 February 2016, 6:44 IST
 
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