The astonishing part about the 2004 “encounter” that consumed 19-year-old Ishrat Jahan and three others is not that it has now been declared to be “fake” but that the police officials in “India’s best governed State” were so clumsy in their attempt to cook up evidence to curry favour with “The Other Great Debator“.
The police planted the AK-56 rifle on one of the four yet said one of the four was killed by an AK-56. There was no trace of gunpowder or ammunition on any of the four suspects. The name “Salim” had been scribbed in English on the back of a photo of a Pakistani. There was only an identity card on one of them. The police magically knew the code of the number lock that contained cash of Rs 2 lakh.
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BS Yediyurappa did better than Narendra Modi in the LS Polls
BSY got his party 19 seats, while Modi was barely able to manage 15.
All the industrialists hailed Modi as the greatest leader ever born.
However, the people of India did not think like the industrialsts.
in the 2009 general elections, the people of India gave a cummulative thumbs down to BJP, Advani and Modi.
Voters were intelligent enough to realise that what’s good for industrialists isn’t necessarily good for them.
The brightest spark in BJP was BS Yediyurappa.
So why not namma own Kannada man for PM, if ever BJP comes to power on its own steam?
Why do you think resident Cheddi mafia like Modi, coz he is the target of Jehadis. What if it is not, the admirars will kill a few to please the Modi, they know it, modi knows it.
So the more he is target the more he is popular,. Remember the decoding of Bombs in ahmedabad by the bajrangis and carrying like napkins, without any fear or lets say the knowledge of not exploding!!!
These are a little things that will endear modi to the cheddi gangs..err parivar. Only innocent blood will please the gang nothing else. Be it Advani or modi, whoever plays the blood sport will be endear himself to the cheddi gang.
Unanswered questions in the Ishrat Jahan case
July 01, 2004 18:20 IST
Have you heard of ‘Occam’s Razor’? No, it is not something that you can find at the local barbershop. It is actually a philosophical principle that states: ‘Plurality should not be posited without necessity.’ To put it in simpler language, the simplest theory that fits the facts of a problem is the one that should be selected.
The Gujarat police insist they intercepted and shot four terrorists on Tuesday, June 15. One of these, and the only woman of the quartet, was a 19-year-old student named Ishrat Jahan Muhammed Shameem Raza. Another was Javed Ghulam Sheikh, born a Malayali Hindu named Pranesh Kumar Pillai who converted to Islam to marry a Muslim girl whom he loved. The last two were Pakistanis. (Or so say the Gujarat police; at the very least, nobody in India has come forward to claim the bodies.)
The quartet was supposedly in Gujarat to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi [ Images ]. This has been denied vehemently by the families of Ishrat Jahan and of Javed Ghulam Sheikh. Fair enough, I don¹t think there is any parent in existence who can bear to think ill of his or her offspring, and to be told that your child is a terrorist is a horror so great that your mind would simply refuse to accept it. But the unwavering faith in the innocence of Ishrat Jahan and Javed Ghulam Sheikh, which is understandable — perhaps even admirable — in a close relative is no excuse when it comes from a politician.
According to news reports, Nationalist Congress Party MLC Vasant Davkhare has offered Rs 1 lakh to Ishrat Jahan’s family. Amarsinh Chaudhary, a senior Congressman from Gujarat, has denounced the episode as a ‘fabrication.’ demanding that the incident be given to the CBI because nobody trusts the Gujarat police. This demand has been echoed by Mumbai-based Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi.
Nobody is denying that there have been cases of false ‘encounters’ in India. But does that also mean that terrorism and political assassination are strangers to this country? So, before jumping to judgment, can we take a look at the undisputed
Everybody agrees that Ishrat Jahan disappeared from her house on June 12. Her mother Shamima Jahan Sheikh says she kept quiet about her daughter going missing because she didn’t want a scandal. This is understandable enough (although
some parents might have consulted the authorities to make sure that a child was safe, scandal be damned). But it begs the question: what was Ishrat Jahan doing between June 12, when she disappeared from her mother’s house, and June 15, when she was shot in the company of alleged terrorists?
One theory doing the rounds is that the young lady was kidnapped by the Gujarat police for use in their ‘false encounter.’ And it is at this point that Occam’s Razor begins to cut through the chaff.
Let us assume for argument’s sake that the Gujarat police wanted dead bodies to file a charge of an ‘encounter.’ Why on earth would they choose a completely unknown girl from Thane as a victim? I am sure there are other, far more likely candidates, grown men with a known criminal background, in Gujarat itself. The Gujarat police could have plausibly chosen any of them and there would have been nary a murmur.
Second, the newspapers and television channels have been filing stories about Ishrat Jahan’s college-mates, her teachers, and her neighbours telling the world what a good girl she was. She was, they all insist, the last woman who could be
suspected of ‘fundamentalist’ tendencies. Once again, such assertions fly in the face of common sense. If you were a terrorist, would you actually go around announcing to the world that you intended to shoot Narendra Modi? Or would you
keep quiet until the time came to act?
How about Javed Ghulam Sheikh? His father Gopinatha Pillai is adamant about his son’s innocence. But here too there are questions which beg to be answered. I suppose there could be some reason why he possessed passports both as Pranesh Kumar Pillai and as Javed Ghulam Sheikh (although under Indian law he should have surrendered one or the other). But is it true that he also had a third such document under the name of Sayyad Abdul Wahid? And what of his own sister’s supposed statement that one of the two alleged Pakistanis killed in the encounter had stayed with her brother?
The human brain is versatile enough to think up several reasons why two hitherto unknown Indians were caught in the company of armed foreigners. Occam’s Razor suggests that nobody would leave their homes and families to escort strangers unless they shared some common purpose.
The law in most countries assumes that the accused is ‘innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt’. Both Ishrat Jahan and Javed Ghulam Sheikh undoubtedly deserve this protection, especially since they are no longer around to speak for themselves. But to the professional ‘secularists’ it is not these two who stand accused of intent to murder, it is the Gujarat police that is guilty of ‘state terrorism’. So why are they unwilling to grant the same presumption of innocence to the Gujarat police?
T V R Shenoy
I knew this was coming… the vomitting by the secularists against Modi!!!
Killing of one muslim creates outrage amongst these bunch of jokers… massacaring of millions in kashmir does not.
Killing of a known terrorist, even the Congress led government at the centre acknowledged that Ishrat was a terrorist, creates outrage.. killing of millions of innocents by the jihadis does not…
Killing of a known criminal makes a police officer languish in jail…butchering of innocent citizens in bomb blasts make this sickularists shrug their shoulders and carry on with life…
Why? Is the life of a muslim more important than any other ordinary citizen??
Is there any wonder the common man saw through all these nonsense and voted BJP back to power with thumping majority in the Gujarat elections???
And now Gujarat High Court has stayed the Tamang Inquiry Report…
So this again exposes the bias in Churmuri… Pro-congress leaning on communism and anti-BJP. Have you ever tried to say anything good about anyone in the BJP? Of course, it is not required to report these types of news about Congress – the fake certificates of Rahul gandhi, atrocities of Rajesh Pilot, corruption under Natwar Singh, YSR, and a long list of “luminaries”.
what is this? pseudo secularism porn?
Khan’s favorite tune:
Saare jahaan se accha Isharat Jahan hamaara…
Well I am sure she is innocent but what was she doing with some ‘strange’ characters?!! Any idea?
Why the hell did she go to Ahmedabad with strangers?
Now Congress has got entangled in the mess it has created….Home Ministry has given an affidivit stating Ishrat Jahan and company belong to Lashker-e_Toiba… poor secularists are running for a cover… and the media is looking for a cover… shame on all these guys…..
Thumping majority for BJP?
They got a reduced majority compared to last elections
adn ever since then, there has been a downlside for that party.
In the civic elections, they lost majorly
and now, today there are seven assembly by polls being held in Gujarat.
Wait and watch the results. And then comment.
T V R Shenoy, former The week editor is known right wing critter..It is very natural Unanswered questions cropping up in his article ..
I had a doubt if churumuri is an un-official blog of congress, now there is no doubt, its confirmed.
Reminds me of the Quote by Pastor Martin Niemöller:
First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
We need to be a little careful when it comes to blindly supporting the Police or for that matter anyone who caries a gun or a baton. To paraphrase…power corrupts..power plus gun corrodes:)
Also it is a little ingenous to give a clean chit to Gujarat police and then malign ATS that pursued Malegaon, Sadhvi etc. Kya bas Gujarat police doodh ke dhule huve hain aur baki sab shaitan?
When they kill mass of innocent people no body bother, all media cover it and get good publicity for Bharka & others, as it is REAL killing, but when one tries to prevent mass killing every body object and call it FAKE encounter. Where is the logic? What happened in Punjab, ask Gill he will tell.
What we must probably do is arrest them , give them fair trial, feed them with best food, give full security to them all these for years at TAX payers money! We have poor tax payers with less than one meal for them per day! What a paradox!
Kalpana… so why dont you answer those questions! It is quite easy to label the writer and ignore what he’s stated. A mother doesn’t inform police when her teenage daughter is missing for 3 days. It can happen only in our country!
Even Kapil Sibal accepted this fact when Modi got re elected in the last assembly elections.
Ofcourse, the party suffered majorly in the recent elections. But that is another story for another day…
where is BJP now for being Anti- BJP.
Anti- BJP is the funniest joke of this year!
Why havent you covered the Mangalore incident where a girl is prohibited from wearing the hijab..
How come u missed it…Or was it intentional..
There was an article about school and hijab and stuff in churumuri and a big discussion based on that. Search the archives.
Well thats ok. But why these incidents occur in the first place. And why does the administration tolerate such mischief from the right wing?
If there is no school uniform/dress code the school management should have the guts to stand up to the extremists. I think these guys should be called terrorists(for terror is what they are spreading)
Did any of our Journalists or News Activists in the mainstream media cover the incidents in Sangli and Miraj ?
or for that matter mysore.
the problem with the vision of founding fathers is that instead of finding inspiration in them, we have vulgarized it by peddling phrases like “vision of founding fathers” into a gospel of some sort of a neo-cult where mutual responsibility is replaced by social laissez faire with exclusive privileges to pursue one’s obscurantism at will.
BJP wins 5 of 7 sits in Gujrat by-poll elction..as ususal padam-sree channels are silent..where are secularists???
See what David Hadley is saying. Is he a Modi-agent? or it is also part of fake encounter. what is your call?