While deposing for the third day before a Mumbai court via video from the US, David Headley, a Pakistani-American terrorist who conspired with the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) organisation and Pakistani intelligence officers in plotting the 2008 Mumbai attacks, told the special court that Ishrat Jahan was working for LeT.
Ishrat was killed in an encounter in 2004 by Gujarat police, who had accused her of being involved in a plot to assassinate the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Secular media claims anti- Muslim pogroms:
However the secular media termed the whole encounter as "fake" and accused Hindu fundamental leaders of the state to have indulged in "anti-Muslim" pogroms. They had even accused Intelligence Bureau of spreading false information about the whole incident. [Read more]
The Central Bureau of Investigation's first charge sheet encounter case had stated that the unlawful killing was a joint operation of the Gujarat police and the Intelligence Bureau had named seven State police officials as the accused.[Read more]
Accusations against Gujarat Government:
Many leaders of the Congress party, which was at the Centre at that time had lashed out at the Gujarat CM, accusing him of indulging in nefarious activities of killing an innocent college girl by branding her as a terrorist.
"Modi had then announced that he was proud of his police force for gunning down terrorists. He boasted that the encounter was a feather in the cap of the Gujarat police, while the Mumbai police had failed to do their duty. Ishrat was innocent but she was projected as a terrorist," said Sharad Pawar who was the then Union Agriculture Minister. [Read more]
Not lagging behind in condemning the encounter killings was Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat, who called it a politics of intimidation, encounter killings. [Ishrat Jahan was a Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative: David Headley blows the lid]
"It was a cold-blooded murder of an innocent girl", Karat had alleged adding "we denounce this model of Modi's governance in which innocent people were put in jail after being declared as terrorists, "said Karat.[Read more]
Karat had also accused the UPA government of adopting "double standard" and had questioned why three central agencies Intelligence Bureau, Central Bureau of Investigation and National Investigation Agency were spreading "wrong" facts on the encounter killing.
Barkha Dutt,Rana Ayyub etc must answer WHO motivated them to declare Pak back terrorists Ishrat Jahan, Sohrabuddin etc as innocent victims?— Madhu Kishwar (@madhukishwar) February 11, 2016
Lawyer for Ishrat Jahan family Vrinda Grover argues that David Headley comments on Ishrat based on "double hearsay" & have "no legal value'— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) February 11, 2016
"Ishrat Jahan was a LeT suicide bomber"- vindicates Congress had been compromising national security for vote bank! pic.twitter.com/SYSJHGRD9e— Sarit Dutta (@SaritSpeaks) February 11, 2016
David Headley's testimony punctures hysteria fuelled by naysayers. Confirms Ishrat Jahan was a Lashkar suicide bomber.— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) February 11, 2016