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Many questions still unanswered
Syed Ali Ahmed/TNS

New Delhi, July 3
In a chargesheet filed in the Special CBI Court in Gujarat today, the CBI said Ishrat Jahan was not a terrorist, but it did not say anything about the three other persons who were killed along with her in the 2004 encounter in Ahmedabad.

Many questions still remain unanswered. The CBI has no reply when asked if Ishrat was not a terrorist how she came in contact with Javed, Amjad Ali and Zeeshan who were killed in along with Ishrat by the Gujarat Police.

Whether those killed in the encounter were Pakistani nationals or activists of some terrorist outfit is also not clear. The chargesheet also does not tell why those persons were brought to the encounter site in separate vehicles. It also does not elaborate on the motive behind the killings.

When asked about the claim of the Gujarat Police that those killed in the encounter had terror links and they planned to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the CBI said its brief did not include investigation into the conspiracy behind the encounter.

Sources said Ishrat, Javed and Zeeshan were brought to the encounter site in a car owned by Javed. The car was driven by a policeman. Amjad was brought there in a separate car.

All of them were kept in separate farmhouses near Ahmedabad and the accused officers had drafted an FIR before killing them. When asked why they were killed if they were not terrorists, the CBI said a supplementary chargesheet was likely to be filed in a month and that might carry all such details.

Questions unanswered

* If Ishrat was not a terrorist, how did she come in contact with Javed Sheikh, Amjad Ali and Zeeshan?

* Were those killed in the encounter Pakistani nationals or activists of a terrorist outfit?

* Why were they brought to the encounter site in separate vehicles?

* What was the motive behind the killings? 

Cong-BJp in war of words

The CBI chargesheet in the case has sparked a war of words between the Congress and the BJP. While the Congress targeted Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, the BJP asked it not to play politics on terror attacks. "He (Modi) will also be exposed some time. Truth comes out at one point or the other. Truth speaks for itself from the rooftop. Someday, you will come to know of the real face of the Gujarat Chief Minister," AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry told reporters. BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman, on the other hand, said, "The BJP thinks, this chargesheet, which has been filed, very clearly underplays the role of LeT, underplays the role of terrorists and certainly indicts the security apparatus and demoralises them in the process." PTI

Ishrat's family happy

Family members of Ishrat Jahan on Wednesday alleged Chief Minister Narendra Modi was also a part of the conspiracy, and he should not be spared. Ishrat's mother Shamima Kauser said the CBI had confirmed what she had been stating for the past nine years that her daughter was innocent and that she was killed in a fake encounter. "I have been repeatedly saying for the past nine years that my daughter is innocent and falsely implicated. Because of some policemen and politicians, we had to face these problems. ames of the accused, who ensured execution of the murder, have not appeared in the chargesheet. I am hopeful that those who hatched the conspiracy would also be severely punished," she said. PTI





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