- Ishrat Jahan is innocent: She may well turn out to be, but this is not what the SIT says. As for Mumbai police not having information, they didn’t have it on 26/11 either or the recent blasts. But they did happen. And there were terrorists they didn’t know about. So all that means is that they weren’t investigating her.
- The Modi government stonewalling this investigation means that they ordered it. There is almost no government in India that has encouraged or even allowed investigations of this sort – particularly the leader the police claimed to be protecting not doing anything to protect them – it is wrong. I am not debating that it is wrong at all. This is political hypocrisy, yes and it is a National, possibly worldwide phenomenon. If it is proof that Modi ordered this encounter, then we must consider that every fake encounter in the country is government ordered, not just the ones in Gujrat. There simply isn’t any evidence made public so far about it. There is a Tehelka article that seems to be fairly certain without being explicit about it.
- All governments do this – many encounters all over India, government protects police actions everywhere, etc. Modi is innocent. Not so fast. there is no proof of that either, and the obstruction to an investigation in itself implicates him for protecting criminals – knowingly or unknowingly. This is like many others, yes, but him too and right now the subject is him. He is a long way from innocent in terms of conclusion – though it isn’t ruled out.
- DIG D.G. Vanjara was later jailed for his involvement in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter. This is not proof that every victim of his was innocent or even not a terrorist.
- Ishrat’s family insists that she was innocent and not in any way associated with the LeT. No family ever says their child is a terrorist. She worked for Javed Sheikh in Pune and visited family to provide money, etc. If she were involved in something illegal, there is little chance she would tell her family about it. The fact is that she used to work with Javed Sheikh in Pune and was found dead in Gujarat. Cops looking to provide random statistics on encounters won’t go to Pune to get victims. Plenty Muslims in Gujarat. Since they can’t randomly hunt Muslims on the highway or even take Muslims from Pune into custody in Gujarat, kill and plant on highway, there has to be some kind of information involved, but this is not known to public. It is unclear how people supposed to be in Pune were in Gujarat. Or, how Gujarat police targeted them, even if they traveled to Gujarat for some reason.
- Gujarat police claims that the four were terrorists. Generally the idea being that a person is innocent until proven guilty, it obviously follows that establishing them as terrorists is the responsibility of Gujarat police. I did not find any information about that.
- This is not a fake encounter. Techinically, I will go with what our courts rule, but frankly, this doesn’t look like a real encounter. Even if the four were terrorists, it is looking very unlikely that they were killed in a genuine encounter.
- None of the 70 odd bullets fired were found + rigor mortis + ID cards + cash = sounds fake encounter. Bullets would be there. At least a few.
- Bullet wounds on victims matched weapons found on them. = unless this was a bizarre suicide, the guns were used to kill them and then planted.
- As for wounds indicating fired from short range and while victims were sitting, that would match a car being intercepted and an encounter happening with victims sitting inside – say if they pulled out guns – for example. Or it might match victims sitting anywhere when killed.
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Vidyut has a keen interest in mass psychology and using it as a lens to understand contemporary politics, social inequality and other dynamics of power within the country. She is also into Linux and internet applications and servers and has sees technology as an important area India lacks security in.
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