//Gujarat: HC orders CBI probe in Sadiq Jamal encounter

Gujarat: HC orders CBI probe in Sadiq Jamal encounter

D.P. Bhattacharya 18 june 2011
Sadiq was killed near the Galaxy Cinema in the Naroda area in Ahmedabad on January 13, 2003 by Ahmedabad Crime Branch officers led by D. G. Vanzara, who is already behind the bars in connection with the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.

The Gujarat High Court on Thursday handed over the investigation of the alleged fake encounter of Sadiq Jamal Mahetar to the CBI, in yet another setback to the state police.

However, question marks on the killing surfaced in 2003 itself with Mumbai- based journalist Ketan Tirodkar confessing before the special MCOCA Court that Sadiq was killed in a fake encounter. Ketan had also admitted that Mumbai police’s encounter specialist Daya Nayak had handed over Jamal to the Gujarat Police on the request of a politician from the state.

The police had claimed then that Jamal was a Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative and had entered Gujarat with a mission to assassinate chief minister Narendra Modi, senior BJP leader L. K. Advani and VHP leader Pravin Togadia.

Tirodkar had later told the media that Sadiq was handed over to a team of Gujarat Police, including D. G. Vanzara by Daya Nayak at the Borivali National Park on January 11, 2003, before he was killed.It is pertinent to note here that under D. G. Vanzara, the then chief of Ahmedabad crime branch, Gujarat Police, had killed as many as 20 people within a span of three years.
Shabbir said his family’s faith in the high court has been vindicated and now it trusts the CBI to deliver justice to them.

The police have developed a signature style with almost all the victims falling to their bullets in the early hours of the day. The ” killer” cops also did not bother to recycle the motive attributed to their victims and maintained that almost every one of them from Sadiq to Sohrabuddin wanted to gun down the CM to avenge the 2002 Godhra riots.

Sadiq’s is the third case of an alleged fake encounter to be handed over to the CBI. While the state government had resisted the probe by the central agency and had suggested a special task force for the same, Justice M. R. Shah turned down the plea and handed it over to the CBI saying that since the involvement of senior police officials is suspected, the case calls for a probe by an independent agency. ” The order for the CBI probe into Sadiq’s killing means justice for us,” Shabbir Jamal, brother of Sadiq said. ” We were hoping for justice and today’s order gave us just that,” he added. Jahan, a college student, was killed along with three other persons, near Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.Vanzara, then head of the DCB, Gujarat Police, had alleged that the victims were Lashkar members and were planning to kill the Gujarat CM. A probe later found that it a was fake encounter.

 

The court also turned down the state’s plea that a sevenyear delay in filing of the appeal by the brother of the deceased created issues of credibility, stating, ” crime never dies”. Welcoming the high court order, lawyer Dr. Mukul Sinha said: ” Now with the CBI probe into the investigation, the larger conspiracy behind the series of alleged fake encounters is likely to be busted.” Among other notable fake encounters by the Gujarat Police on the premise that the victims were hatching a conspiracy to kill Modi, is that of Ishrat Jahan.