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Archive for September 8th, 2009

Judicial inquiry says 2004 Ishrat encounter in Gujarat was fake

Posted by Admin on September 8, 2009


Dead: Ishrat Jahan was killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2004

Dead: Ishrat Jahan was killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2004 AHMEDABAD: Ishrat Jahan, a 19-year old student of Khalsa College, Mumbai, and three others who were proclaimed Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives out to kill Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, were actually killed a day before they were officially shown as having died in a police encounter. ( Watch Video )

An inquiry into the Ishrat Jahan encounter case of June 15, 2004 by a city magisterial court has revealed that the four killings were staged by the then Ahmedabad police commissioner KR Kaushik, crime branch chief PP Pandey, DIG DG Vanzara and his men. The report names 21 cops, including retired DGP Kaushik, as party to the fake encounter.

Just like the Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter, where the couple was abducted and brought to Ahmedabad and Sohrabuddin’s wife Kauserbi killed because she was witness to the murder, the crime branch “kidnapped” Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Shaikh and Ishrat from Mumbai and kept them in illegal custody, the report says.

It claims that IPS officer DG Vanzara’s men killed Javed between 8.30pm and 9pm on June 14, then killed the ‘Pakistanis’ Jisan Johar and Amjadali Rana. Finally, Ishrat was killed that night, between 11pm and midnight, because ‘‘she was witness to the killings’’. Vanzara told the media the next morning that the four were killed after a dramatic police chase around 4.30am on June 15.

Based on food remains in the stomach and the state of the bodies , the inquiry concluded that the deaths occurred several hours before the official claim.

The report says after the three men were killed, Ishrat was forcibly positioned in the front seat of the car and shot from close range. A pistol was then placed in her hand. The police then put her college identity card around her neck and her purse was put in the boot of the car. It also declares that Johar and Rana were Indians. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arrest of Orissa villagers for alleged Maoist link draws flak

Posted by Admin on September 8, 2009


By Indo Asian News Service

Bhubaneswar, Sep 8 (IANS) The arrest of at least 30 villagers last month in Orissa’s Sundergarh district for their alleged links with Maoists has drawn flak from human rights activists and family members who staged a protest Tuesday, police said.

Bhubaneswar, Sep 8 (IANS) The arrest of at least 30 villagers last month in Orissa’s Sundergarh district for their alleged links with Maoists has drawn flak from human rights activists and family members who staged a protest Tuesday, police said.Hundreds of people staged protests, blocked a road near Chandiposh village located some 60 km from the steel city of Rourkela and about 575 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar, a police officer said.

Police arrested 30 residents of Silipunji and Mundatoli villages under Chandiposh gram panchayat on Aug 29. Branding them Maoist, police said the villagers were involved in several crimes including the murder of a police officer in the region on July 16. Police said although all of the accused confessed to the crimes, villagers and human right activists say they are innocent. ‘None of the arrested persons were involved in any kind of Maoist activities,’ human rights activist Prafulla Samantray told IANS.

Most of the arrested people are daily wage earners. As they are languishing in jail, their families are facing hunger, he said.

‘We are demanding their immediate release,’ Samantray said.

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Surrender sop to wean away Maoists

Posted by Admin on September 8, 2009


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New Delhi, Sept. 7: The Centre has devised a surrender scheme for Naxalites, with sops ranging from a fixed deposit of Rs 1.5 lakh, stipend of Rs 2,000 for three years to “incentives” on weapons given up.

Home minister P. Chidambaram feels that as the Maoist problem has arisen because of real and perceived neglect and deprivation, the solution should aim at providing employment and entrepreneurial opportunities to surrendered Naxalites.

This might encourage them to join the “mainstream” and not return to the Naxalite fold, sources said. State governments will be responsible for implementing the scheme.

Attempts have been made to evolve the policy in a way that the surrendered Naxalite would gain employment while a safety mechanism in the policy would not allow him to avail himself of all the benefits if his “behaviour” is not up to the mark.

So, the fixed deposit of Rs 1.5 lakh and the incentive from surrendered weapons will be available only after three years of “good behaviour”. The surrendered militant can use the fixed deposit as collateral for taking loans.

Another important aspect is training surrendered Naxalites in vocational trades to help them find jobs.

An additional director-general of police or an inspector-general will act as rehabilitation officer. Paramilitary forces and the state administration would also be involved in the process. TT

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