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How the Ishrat Jahan murder plot unfolded, in the CBI’s words

April, 2004: Alleged Pakistani terrorist Zeeshan Johar was illegally detained by the Intelligence Bureau

"… passive agents namely C1 and C2 engaged by [Intelligence Bureau station chief] Shri Rajinder Kumar and [G.L. Singhal assisted them in managing the illegal custody of the deceased Jishan Johar. The Investigation revealed that in the last week of April 2004, Jishan Johar (deceased) on his arrival at Ahmedabad was taken into illegal custody by a joint team of accused Gujarat Police officers and SIB officers of Ahmedabad consisting of GL Singhal, Rajinder Kumar. Thereafter Jishan Johar was confined at house no. 164/165 in Gota Housing, near Vaishno Devi Crossing, off SG Highway, Ahmedabad and was put under audio-tap by Rajeev Wankhede, MK Sinha & T Mittal the SIB officers and the surveillance was maintained by CJ Goswami PSI, PG Waghela PSI, Hanubha Narsinh Dodiya HC and Zahir Ahmed PC".

Ishrat Jehan. Image courtesy ibnlive.

Ishrat Jehan. Image courtesy ibnlive.

May 26, 2004: Alleged Pakistani terrorist Amjad Ali Rana was illegally detained by the Intelligence Bureau

"Investigation revealed that on 26.05.2004, a team of DCB, Ahmedabad City comprising of accused NK Amin, Tarun Barot and I.K .Chauhan with the assistance of Shri M.K. Sinha and Rajeev Wankhede, ACIOs of SIB, Ahmedabad abducted the deceased Amjadali from Gota Crossing on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Investigation revealed that the above team of accused officers after abducting the deceased Amjadali, confined him in illegal custody at Arham Farm House from 26.05.2004 to 15.06.2004 early morning. This place was arranged by Shri JG Parmar (then PI, Crime Branch). Shri BA Patel, Shri BA Chavda, Shri RI Patel, Moti Talja Desai, Govindsinh Malubha, Jagdish Alveshwar and Bharatsinh Dolatsinh of Crime Branch, Ahmedabad City had kept a watch on Amjadali at Arham Farm. S/Shri DG Vanzara, Rajinder Kumar, NK Amin and GL Singhal had met Amjadali at Arham Farm during his confinement. Amjadali had stated that he had come to Ahmedbad with a plan to commit a terrorist act at some crowded location in Ahmedabad.

June 12, 2004: Ishrat Jehan Raza and Javed Sheikh are kidnapped by the Gujarat Police and Intelligence Bureau

"Investigation revealed that on 12.06.2004, accused N.K. Amin and Tarun Barot with the assistance of M.K. Sinha and Rajeev Wankhede, ACIOs of SIB, Ahmedabad, abducted Javed and Ishrat Jahan from Vasad Toll booth, District Anand, Gujarat when they were travelling in the blue Indica car bearing registration no. MH 02 JA 4786. The above accused police officers and SIB officers took Javed and Ishrat Jahan to Khodiyar Farm, off SG Highway, Ahmedabad and kept them in Illegal custody. This place was arranged as per instructions of Shri DG Vanzara by Shri KS Desai, then PSI in Crime Branch. Shri Tarun Barot along with his subordinate policemen Shri Nizamuddin Burhanmiyan and Shri Avnishkumar Vishwanathsinh Thakur had kept watch there. Shri DG Vanzara, Shri PP Pandey, Shri Rajinder Kumar and Dr NK Amin had met Javed and Ishrat Jahan during their illegal custody on different days and times".

June 13, 2004: The Intelligence Bureau and Gujarat Police plot Ishrat Jehan Raza’s murder

Shri DG Vanzara, Shri PP Pandey and Shri Rajinder Kumar had discussed in the Bungalow No. 15, Duffnala, Shahibaug office chamber of Shri DG Vanzara about the further plan about elimination of the four detainees i.e. Jishan Johar, Amjadali, Javed and Ishrat and lodging a FIR showing their death in an encounter.

June 14, 2004: The Intelligence Bureau provides the Gujarat Police with weapons to pass off as belonging to the victims, and plan their cover story

"… Shri GL Singhal had gone to the office of the SIB as per instructions of Shri DG Vanzara, and had collected weapons in a bag from SIB Office Ahmedabad. He had sent this bag through Shri Nizamuddin Burhanmiyan to Shri Tarun A Barot, who was at Khodiyar Farm.

That on 14.06.2004 afternoon at around 1500 Hrs, Shri GL Singhal was called by Shri DG Vanzara to the Bungalow No. 15, Duffnala, Shahibaug office. Shri DH Goswami, Reader PI, was also present. Shri Vanzara had already drafted a complaint, wherein some contents (names, number of rounds etc) were blank. It was pertaining to the story of encounter which was registered later as Ahmedabad City DCB PS I CR No. 8/04.
That thereafter, at around 2300 Hrs on 14.06.2004, Shri D.G. Vanzara had convened a meeting at Bungalow No.15, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad with the accused officers of Crime Branch, Ahmedabad City.

June 15, 2004: The victims are brought to the encounter site

"Shri G.L. Singhal alongwith TA Barot, Mohanbhai Lalabhai Kalaswa (gunman of DG Vanzara), Anaju Jiman Chaudhary (Commando), IK Chauhan and Nizamuddin reached the Scene of Crime at about 0400 A.M. Simultaneously as per the instructions of Shri GL Singhal to Shri BA Patel waiting at Arharm Farm, Amjadali was also brought to the Scene of Crime by the white Quails vehicle. BA Patel drove this vehicle while Motibhai Taljabhai escorted Amjadali sitting in the rear seat of the vehicle. Amjadali was handed over to NK Amin who made him to stand behind the road divider at the rear side of the parked Indica Car, where after BAPatel drove away and Motibhai Taljabhai stood with IKChauhan, Mohan Nanji and Nizamuddin.

June 15, 2004: The victims are killed, at about 4.00 AM

"…immediately after the arrival of all the four detainees as above NK Amin, Tarun A Barot, JG Parmar, Mohanbhai Lalabhai Kalaswa, Anaju Jhiman Chaudhary opened fire on the detainees in the car and on the road divider from there official weapons resulting into the death of all four detainees. Shri Tarun Barot and Mohanbhai Lalabhai Kalaswa had snatched away the official weapons from IK Chauhan and Mohan Nanji Menat and further fired from snatched weapons on the detainees.

The investigation revealed that, following accused officers had fired on the four deceased from their service weapons as detailed hereunder:

• NK Amin fired 5 rounds from his 9mm pistol; JG Parmar fired 4 rounds from his revolver;
• Tarun Barot fired 6 rounds from his revolver and 3 rounds from the revolver of IK Chauhan;
• Mohan Kalaswa fired 32 rounds from his AK-47 and 10 rounds from the AK47 of Commando Mohan Nanji; and
• Anaju Jiman Chaudhary fired 10 rounds from his Stengun.

The investigation revealed that the above firing had taken place in two successive stages. It is revealed that in the first round of firing, Sh. Tarun Barot and Mohan Kalaswa exhausted their ammunitions and stopped firing. Thereafter for the second round of firing, they forcibly took away the weapons of IK Chauhan and Mohan Nanji respectively and Sh. Barot fired 3 rounds from the weapon of IK Chauhan while Mohan Kalasawa fired another 10 rounds from the weapon of Mohan Nanji Menat. Further Commando Mohan Kalasawa was made to fire several rounds from AK 56 rifle (planted on the Amjadali Rana), on the official Gypsy vehicle of Dr NK Amin. This AK 56 rifle was brought to the scene by Shri Tarun Barot. After firing from this weapon, it was placed near the dead body of Amjadali.

Click on the links below for related documents:

Metropolitan Magistrate KS Tamang’s investigation into the case.
Gujarat High Court order handing over case to CBI
Gujarat High Court order constituting Special Investigation Team
Ahmedabad CBI court’s order rejecting bail for Girish Singhal

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