Ishrat, Javed kidnapped by IB men: CBI

The CBI's chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case details the role of intelligence officers under the then IB Joint Director Rajinder Kumar in the killings of the four people, from abducting Ishrat Jahan and Javed Shaikh to planting weapons on them.

Though the CBI does not name any IB official as accused in the chargesheet, it specifies the roles of four IB officers 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 accompanied by suspended DSP N K Amin and Tarun Barot who have been chargesheeted.

Another intelligence official, T Mittal, is said to have followed the blue Indica car in which Ishrat and Javed were travelling to Gujarat. The most glaring revelation by the CBI is that of the weapons which were used in the encounter. According to the CBI, "On July 14, after 1500 hours 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 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.

Rajinder Kumar, according to the CBI probe, had met Ishrat and Javed along with P P Pandey, D G Vanzara and N K Amin, at Arham bungalow in Gandhinagar where they were confined before they were killed.

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