Human Rights

Jamal fake encounter haunts Gujarat

After the fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Tulsi Prajapati and Ishrat Jahan, one more fake encounter case now haunts Gujarat government.

The Gujarat high court on 16 February asked police to produce documents related to Sadiq Jamal Mehtar fake encounter case. Sadiq was killed by a police team led by DG Vanjara in January 2003. The court has asked the state if Sadiq was a LeT operative and had planned to target Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2002.

After Sadiq’s alleged encounter, police had claimed that he was on a mission to target Narendra Modi, Advani, Pravin Togadia and had links with Pakistan-based LeT. Sadiq was earlier arrested in November 2002 in a gambling case and was later released. The court sought an explanation from the police as to how the police could let him go even when he was spotted with revolver at a public meet of CM during assembly elections. The court has directed the police to produce all documents on a petition filed by Sadiq’s brother Shabir Jamal.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2011 on page no. 11

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