New Delhi: A judicial inquiry report by metropolitan magistrate S P Tamang submitted on September 7, 2009 in the encounter case had also said that the shootout was fake and executed in cold blood by the police officials for their benefit.

The probe in the sensational case was supervised directly by the Gujarat High Court which had constituted the SIT last year to investigate genuineness of the encounter after petitions filed by Ishrat's mother Shamima Kausar and Gopinath Pillai, father of another victim of the encounter — Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai.

Those accused in the case include then JCP (crime branch) P P Pande, suspended DIG D G Vanzara, then ACP G L Singhal and ACP N K Amin---all IPS officers. There were total of 21 policemen, including the IPS officers, involved in the encounter.

Vanzara and Amin are also accused in the Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case and murder of Sheikh's wife Kausar Bi and are presently behind bars. A judicial inquiry report by metropolitan magistrate S P Tamang submitted on September 7, 2009 in the encounter case had also said that the shootout was fake and executed in cold blood by the police officials for their benefit.

The probe in the sensational case was supervised directly by the Gujarat High Court which had constituted the SIT last year to investigate genuineness of the encounter after petitions filed by Ishrat's mother Shamima Kausar and Gopinath Pillai, father of another victim of the encounter — Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai.

Those accused in the case include then JCP (crime branch) P P Pande, suspended DIG D G Vanzara, then ACP G L Singhal and ACP N K Amin---all IPS officers. There were total of 21 policemen, including the IPS officers, involved in the encounter.

Vanzara and Amin are also accused in the Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case and murder of Sheikh's wife Kausar Bi and are presently behind bars.

Hang Gujarat cops responsible for fake encounter: Kin

Family members of city girl Ishrat Jehan, who was killed in a fake encounter in Gujarat in 2004 along with three others, today demanded capital punishment for the accused policemen and sought explanation from Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the issue.

The Gujarat High Court-appointed SIT concluded that the controversial police encounter with Ishrat and three others was "fake" as they were killed prior to the incident.

"We had full faith in the judiciary. Now it has been proved that it was a fake encounter in which my daughter was killed," Ishrat's mother Shamima Kausar Jehan, a resident of Mumbra in neighbouring Thane district said hours after the SIT's findings became public.

"Can Modi give back my daughter," she asked.

Ishrat's brother Raza Anwar Iqbal said capital punishment should be awarded to the policemen involved in the fake encounter. "They (the accused policemen) should be hanged. Also, those who ordered the fake encounter should not be allowed to go (scot-free)."

"Modi should answer why my sister was killed," Iqbal said.

Ishrat, a 19-year-old college girl, along with Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar, was killed in a shootout by Ahmedabad Crime Branch on June 15, 2004.

Crime Branch had then claimed the four were LeT members and were on a mission to kill Modi. "Since the beginning, I have been telling that my husband was not a terrorist," the widow of victim Javed Shaikh said.

"I still remember those days. We had come from Dubai for a vacation and Javed had dropped me at my relative's house in Ahmednagar (Western Maharashtra) on June 11. After four days, I got a call from home in Pune saying the Crime Branch officials wanted to speak to me. That was when I learnt that my husband had been shot dead by police," 34-year-old Sajida Shaikh said from Pune.

Shaikh said she always had complete faith in the judiciary.

We welcome HC directive: Congress

With the Gujarat High Court ordering a fresh FIR against accused policemen in the 2004 Ishrat Jehan case, Congress on Monday alleged that several fake encounters had taken place in the Narendra Modi-ruled state.

"One thing is absolutely clear that there had been several regular fake encounters in Gujarat between 2001 and 2007. Courts have made observations on many of them and ordered probes," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.

The special investigation team probing the Ishrat Jehan case has concluded that the college girl was killed in a fake encounter, prompting the high court to order a fresh FIR against the accused policemen in the case.

"This decision of the high court proves true the concerns that Congress and human rights activists were expressing so far," Tewari said.

He also expressed confidence that after this direction of the court, justice will be delivered in the case.

19-year-old Ishrat, along with Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar, was killed in a shootout by Ahmedabad Crime Branch on June 15, 2004.

The Crime Branch had claimed that the four were LeT members and were on a mission to kill Modi.

(JPN/ Agencies)