Guj govt's jittery: Was Ishrat encounter staged?

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Ahmedabad, Jan 28: The fake encounter case of the teenager Ishrat Jahan took a new turn as Gujarat's Special Investigating (SIT) team claimed that the encounter was staged.

Claiming the fake encounter case as "staged", Ahmedabad joint commissioner of police Satish Verma filed an affidavit in Gujarat high court on Friday, Jan 28.

In the affidavit, Verma also accused some members of the SIT of not cooperating in the investigation and he also asserted that they along with SIT chairman Karnail Singh and a Delhi cop tried to derail the probe by tampering the investigation.

However, Karnail Singh had already submitted an application seeking appointment of amicus curiae for the SIT to deal with any legal complications that may come up during the investigation.

During a hearing in the Gijarat High Court, Verma told, "there are two possibilities in the case: one is that four people (who got) killed in the encounter had come to kill Gujarat Chief Minister (Narendra Modi), and the other is that they were killed in cold blood by the police."

"There is a possibility of the second one (having taken place) irrespective of the first one," Verma claimed before the court on Friday.

Mumbai college students with three other companions were allegedly killed by the Gujarat police on Jun 15, 2004. The cops also accused the deceased as the members of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba who allegedly plotted to kill the Chief Minister of the state Narendra Modi.

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