Ishrat Jahan Was Killed in Fake Encounter in Gujarat

. 9/8/09

Laakh baithe koi chhup chhup ke kameen gaahoun mein
Khoon Khud deta hai jalladoun ke maskan ka suraag
Saazishein laakh udhaati rahein zulmat ke naqaab
Le ke har boond nikalti hai hatheli pe chiraag !!!

Zulm phir zulm hai, badhta hai to mit jaataa hai
Khoon phir Khoon hai, tapkega to jam jaayega !!!

"However much one lies in ambush
Blood betrays butcher’s hideout
Conspiracies may veil in thousand darkly mask
Each blood drop ventures out with burning lamp on its palm.

Repression is still repression, rising, it must flop
Blood is still blood, spilling it must clot. "

In yet another major setback to the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat, Ahmedabad metropolitan magistrate S.P. Tamang, has ruled that the incident in which Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed in June, 2004, was yet another case of “fake encounter.”

In his 243-page hand written report on the encounter, Mr. Tamang has named the then “encounter specialist” of the Gujarat police, D.G. Vanzara, and others as accused in the “cold blooded murder” of the teenaged girl and three others.

Vanzara and several other policemen are already in jail in connection with the Sohrabuddin case which the State government confessed before the Supreme Court was a case of “fake encounter.”

A special three-member team of top police officers of the State appointed by the Gujarat High Court for a fresh investigation into the Ishrat Jahan encounter is seized of the matter.

Claiming that Ishrat and three others were killed in fake encounter by the police officers for their personal interests, get promotions and gain appreciations from the Chief Minister, Mr Tamang appended a list of top police officers running into about two pages who he held responsible for the fake encounter. Besides Vanzara and his then deputy in the Crime Branch police, N. K. Amin, who along with Vanzara was also arrested in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, the list includes the then Ahmedabad police commissioner, K. R. Kaushik, the then chief of the Crime Branch, P. P. Pandey, another alleged encounter specialist Tarun Barot and a host of other senior police officers.

Mr Tamang’s report said the Crime Branch police “kidnapped” Ishrat and three others from Mumbai on June 12 and brought them to Ahmedabad. The four were killed on the night of June 14 in police custody, but the police claimed that an “encounter” took place on the morning of June 15 near Kotarpur water works on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. The rigor mortis that had set in clearly indicated that Ishrat died between 11 p.m. and 12 midnight the previous night and the police apparently pumped bullets into her body to substantiate the encounter theory.

It said the explosives, rifles, and other weapons allegedly found in their car were all “planted” by the police after the encounter.

Tum ne jis Khoon ko maqtal mein dabaanaa chaaha
Aaj vo kuchaa-o-bazaar meia aa nikla hai
Kahin shola kahin naarah kahin patthar ban ke
Khoon chalta hai to rukta nahin sangeeno se
Sar jo uthta hai to dabtaa nahin aaeeno se !!!

"The blood you sought to suppress in abattoir
Today that blood moves out into street
Here an ember, there a slogan, there a stone
Once blood comes to flows, bayonets are no avail
Head, once it is raised, is not downed by law’s hail !!!"
report from The Hindu

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