Gujarat ATS did not probe a single encounter

Though the state made tall claim at the Supreme Court that it was keen and competent enough to probe Ishrat’s encounter case and no SIT was necessary; the lethargy and its casual attitude can be gauged by the fact that so far not a single encounter has been probed by it. Vide a Union home ministry notification dated 16 September 2010 a task force was constituted to investigate all the encounters. STF (Special Task Force) was to be headed by a retired justice of Gujarat High Court. Even after a lapse of two months not a single encounter case has been assigned to anyone so far. On the one hand the state government does not want any case to be probed by the CBI or a police officer from outside Gujarat; while at the other, it does not seem to be very keen on appointing a team of its own “reliable” officers. Here is a list of encounters which are kept pending:
1.    24/09/2002    Akshardham, Gandhi Nagar              Two unidentified persons
2.    21/10/2002    Usmanpura Garden, Ahmadabad     Sameer Khan and Sarfaraz
                                                                                               Khan Pathan
3.    13/01/2003    Galaxy Cinema, Ahmadabad             Sadique Jamal
4.    23/09/2003    Panchkuwa, Ahmadabad                    Ganesh Khunte, Mahendra
5.    15/06/2004    Kotarpur wateworks, Ahmadabad      Isharat Jahan, Javed Sheikh,
                                                                                                Amjad Ali, Rana Zeesan Jauhar
                                                                                                alias Zanbaaj
6.    27/11/2004    Sanjan Bhilad Highway, Valsad            Sanjay Singh alias Sanju,
                                                                                                   Shriram Sharad Prasad
7.    09/10/2005    Nandigram, Valsad                                   Haji Ismail Subhania
8.    20/11/2005    Narol Circle, Ahmadabad                        Sohrabuddin Anwar Husain
9.    06/03/2006    Watwa Railway Track, Ahmadabad        Four unidentified Kashmiris
10.    09/11/2006    Gandhi Nagar                                         Rahim Qasim Sumra
11.    28/12/2006    Anbaji Abu Road                                    Tulsi Prajapati
12.    16/05/2009    Vijhol, Ahmadabad                                  Subramaniam alias Ghetia


This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 December 2010 on page no. 1

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