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CBI arrests IPS officer in 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 21.02.13

New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI):The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Gujarat police officer G L Singhal in connection with the alleged fake encounter-killing of 19-year old student Ishrat Jahan by Ahmedabad crime branch officers in 2004.

CBI sources here said Singhal, who was inducted into Indian Police Service (IPS) from the state police, who was then Assistant Commissioner, was arrested by the agency in Ahmedabad and searches are going on at his residential and official premises.

The CBI, in its first information report or FIR, has alleged that Singhal, who is now Superintendent of Police at the State Crime Records Bureau, played an active role in the encounter, which was later found to be fake by the Special Investigation Team constituted by the Gujarat High Court.

Jahan along with three others -- Javed Sheikh, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana -- were killed in cold-blood by a team of Ahmedabad city crime branch officers on an empty road stretch between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar on June 15, 2004.

After Jahan's mother complained about the alleged fake encounter, Gujarat High Court constituted a Special Investigation Team, which concluded that encounter was fake.

Following the report, the High Court handed over the matter to the CBI and is monitoring the investigations.

The court had asked the agency to submit a progress report by March 15.