IB officials abducted Ishrat, Javed: CBI

The CBI's chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, clearly details the roles of intelligence officers working in the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB) under its then joint director Rajinder Kumar in the killings of the four alleged terrorists, along with the Gujarat police, right from abducting Ishrat Jahan and Javed Shaikh to planting of weapons on them.

Though the CBI does not name any IB official as accused in the chargesheet, the narrative, while putting the pieces together, specifies roles of four Intelligence Bureau (IB) officers posted in Ahmedabad including Kumar who is now Special Director based in Delhi.

According to the chargesheet assistant central intelligence officers (operations) Rajiv Wankhede and M K Sinha abducted Ishrat and Javed on July 12, 2004 from Vasad toll booth in Anand district. These two officers were also accompanied by suspended DSP N K Amin and Tarun Barot who have been chargesheeted.

Another intelligence official identified as T Mittal is said to have followed the blue Indica car in which Ishrat and Javed were travelling (MH-02-4786).

The most glaring revelation by CBI is that of the weapons which were used in the encounter. According to CBI, "On July 14, after 1500 hours (3 o'clock) GL Singhal (IPS officer) went to SIB office as per instructions of DG Vanzara (suspended IPS also accused in Sohrabuddin, Tulsiram and Sadiq Jamal Mehtar encounter cases) and collected weapons in a bag. These weapons were meant to be planted on the alleged "terrorists", to justify the intelligence input that they were fidayeen."

Two AK-47s and two revolvers were shown as recovered from the scene of crime by the Gujarat police in 2004. The CBI chargesheet also mentions the names of Assad and Ovesh (Owais) who were "engaged" by Kumar. It is suspected that they were Kumar's informers and their whereabouts are not known anymore.

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