Whoever is involved should be brought to book: Family

Expressing satisfaction over the CBI probe in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case, her family in Mumbai on Wednesday said they now hope the masterminds are booked too.

Hinting at the alleged involvement of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the encounter case in which the 19- year-old college student from Mumbra was gunned down with three others, Ishrat's sister Nusrat said, "There are ample reasons to believe that Modi knew my sister was confined for two days before the incident. We do not want to name any one. Whoever is involved, from the highest authority to the foot soldier, every one should be brought to book".

According to the investigation, Tarun Barot, arrested accused and the then Valsad SP had picked up Ishrat and confined her at Khodiyar farm houses, a few metres away from the place of the alleged encounter between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, for two days. "For two days, officers — both senior and junior level — questioned her and kept our daughter in confinement. It is hard to believe that the politicos were not aware of what was happening in their state," said a local NCP corporator Rauf Lala, who has been backing the family since Ishrat's death.

According to the CBI chargesheet, Ishrat along with three others — Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Shaikh, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar — was put on a tranquilizer.

Jitendra Ahwad, state executive president of NCP was also present at the press conference with the family.

Ishrat's mother Shamima Kauser said, "It has been a nine-year-long battle. I have lost everything in this. No one would want to associate with us. My daughters could not be married on time. My son was denied jobs. But we believed in the justice system and stayed put."

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