New Delhi/Guwahati: A day after the CBI filed chargesheet in Ishrat Jahan encounter case, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday said that those guilty of carrying out the shootout should be punished.

Ishrat Jahan encounter was ‘fake’: CBI

"Facts are facts. Guilty should be punished," Shinde said.

Union Minister Kapil Sibal said that the CBI was not investigating the encounter case at the instance of the Centre. "I wish Rajnath Singh ji had reacted sensitively to this matter. Instead of saying the CBI is used, he should ask how the Gujarat Police was being used but the right question is not being asked.

"He should be asking his own people and Narendra Modi how did this happen in Gujarat. They should be worried about lawlessness in Gujarat and how the state officials were complicit in actually taking innocent lives through fake encounters," he said.

The CBI on Wednesday held that 19-year-old Ishrat Jahan was killed in a ‘fake’ encounter in 2004. The premier probe agency named seven police officers in the chargesheet saying that it was a joint operation between Gujarat police and the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau.

Those against whom the chargesheet was filed for murder and hatching criminal conspiracy include absconding Additional DGP, PP Pandey and suspended DIG, DG Vanzara.

BJP asks govt to reveal Ishrat's terror links  

Targeting the government over the CBI chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, BJP president Rajnath Singh said that the ruling establishment should disclose "her terror links".

"What was her track record? With which terror outfit was she linked? There should be a disclosure from the government on this," he said.

The BJP president said over 3,000 staged shootouts had taken place before 2002, but hype was being created only around the Ishrat Jahan case. "Hype is being created on the issue for political purposes," he said.


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