Encounters of the fake kind

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Photo: Trupti Patel
Photo: Trupti Patel

Javed Ahmed Shaikh took 14 bullets from assorted weapons, including AK-47s, while he sat helplessly behind the steering wheel of the blue Indica car. When he left his father’s house in Kerala on 5 June 2004, he did not have the slightest idea that he was driving towards his death that was awaiting him at Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

As he was driving through Karnataka towards his hometown Pune in Maharashtra, he received a phone call late in the night of 6 June. A mysterious call from Gandhinagar asking him to immediately come over to Gujarat. A call that he could not disobey. Javed did not stop at Pune and kept driving towards Ahmedabad. On the way, he first drove to Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar city, where he dropped his wife and children at his sister-in-law’s house on 9 June.

On the morning of 11 June, after a day’s rest at Ahmednagar, Javed started for Ahmedabad via Nasik. He reached Vasad in Gujarat around noon and to his utter shock, two police officers from Gujarat literally abducted him along with his car and drove him to a farm on the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway in Ahmedabad.

Early in the morning of 15 November, around 3 am, he was driven in the same Indica car, along with another person he did not know and a girl named Ishrat Jahan, to a lonely spot near the Kotarpur Water Works in the Sardarnagar area of Ahmedabad. A large posse of policemen were waiting for the rendezvous. Ishrat was dragged out of the car and then the firing started. Javed and the other person sitting at the back of the car were mowed down. He didn’t live to see Ishrat being shot in her head and pushed next to him in the car, nor did he see the third man who was blindfolded and gunned down outside the car.

The nation was told that Javed, Ishrat and the other two men shot down that morning were Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives who had come to Gujarat to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Coincidentally, the same story had been told a couple of times earlier: when Samir Khan Pathan was gunned down in 2002 and also when Sadiq Jamal was shot dead on 13 January 2003. The modus operandi in all three cases was the same.

In 2005, Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi were killed under the cover of similar allegations. Tulsi Prajapati met the same fate in 2006. Four young Kashmiris from a madrasa near Surat were gunned down in March 2006, and guess why? Because they wanted to kill Modi!

Now that almost all these so-called encounters have been established as fake by investigation agencies functioning under the orders of either the Supreme Court or the Gujarat High Court, the big question is: who was organising these killings to promote the myth that jihadi terrorists were after Modi’s life? Who were the people in authority that could manufacture false intelligence inputs to justify the murder of innocent citizens, including teenagers like Ishrat.

One name that has repeatedly surfaced for allegedly not only creating many such false inputs but also actively participating in the murder conspiracies is Rajendra Kumar, the then Joint Director of the Intelligence Bureau posted at Ahmedabad during 2003-04. There is overwhelming evidence in the Sadiq Jamal case, with the Bhavnagar Superintendent of Police naming Kumar as the person who phoned him on 29 November 2002, asking him to detain Sadiq. In the Ishrat-Javed case, the CBI has even uncovered evidence establishing that Kumar participated in meetings with police officers conspiring to kill Javed and the others.

The BJP and its prominent leaders, however, are trying hard to tarnish the CBI’s image in order to scare them off from arresting Kumar. Perhaps they are worried that many top BJP leaders may be next in line in case Kumar is arrested. If the CBI fails to apprehend Kumar, it would be a failure of the rule of law. We have to wait and watch. Will our great democracy win or will a handful of killers write the future of this nation?

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13 COMMENTS

  1. IF THIS IS TRUE WHY THIS REPORT HILIGHTED NOW. MR AASHISH KHAITAN PLEASE INVESTIGATE ONE CASE AMONG 100 FAKE ENCOUNTER BY INDIRA GANDHI GOVT.IF YOU WANT TO STOP MODI AS PRIMINISTER DON’T DO THIS FOOLISH JOB.

  2. ha ha ha sounds scripted by thelka , what the heck , a man from Kerala going to pune via gujarat. jab mullo ko shoot hi karna tha to, gujrat mein kam mulle hi jo kerala se mangawa k martey . what a joke , bloody ass hole.

  3. RAVAN NEY SITA JI KA KIDNAP HI TOU KIA THA UNKA RAPE TOU NAHI KIA THA YA UNKA MURDER TOU NAHI KIA THA. TUB BHI RAVAN DAHAN KIA JATAA HAI. ISS MODI NEY TOU HAZARO INNOCENT KA RAPE KARWAYA, MURDER KIA, FAKE ENCOUNTERS KIYA. PHIR BHI TUM LOG USKO POOJTAY HO ?? SHARAM AANI CHAHIYE TUM LOGO KO APNI GANDI MANSIKTA PER AUR APNEY HINDU HONEY PER.

    • Bloody katua…why did your Muhammed become a paedophile? Stop commenting on Hinduism..it will take ages for Muzzies like you to understand anything related to Hinduism….

      You had Pakistan in 1947, why the fck you don’t go there?

      If Ishrat Jahan was innocent what was she doing with two other terrorists? Was she praying namaz in a Madrassa? David Coleman Headley had confessed before NIA in the US, that Ishrat Jahan was an LeT operative and she was on a mission to assassinate top political leaders in Gujarat. Just becoz she is a Muzzie she should have been allowed to carry out her activity, the leaders should have been killed and then Gujarat police should have done the “Panchanama”? Bloody chutia….in the last 10 years of your Khangress rule Pakistani terrorists along with help from Indian Muzzies like you have bled India….you Muzzies should be treated the way you are treated in France…no appeasement, only strict rule of law….

  4. How a person going to Pune went to ahmadabad go to ,on a single phone call? either he was a criminal or a conspirator. How this person earn his livelihood.? any person have no time like this from his daily routen? Journalism is totally a paid proffession these days.You pay the Journalist and he will write any thing You want ? Journalist work as Judge and want to prove themself right.? In this case they want to prove terrorist as religious victim, very bad Game.

  5. By encouraging such biased version of events and asserting its story as a whole truth,Tehelka is destroying its journalistic image for patronage and pelf.

  6. Dear Mukul, since you’re lawyer of the so-called “victim” in the Ishrat Jahan case, please answer this questions:

    (1) Why did no one claim the bodies of the two people other than Pranesh and Ishrat? How come nobody in India knows them?

    (2) What was Pranesh and Ishrat doing in Gujarat, when they were supposed to be in Nashik? You say that Pranesh got a call and went to Ahmedabad. Really? Why would any normal person drive 650 km wasting both his time and money on petrol just because he got a call from some stranger?

  7. Tarnish CBI’s image? You must be kidding. Do they even have any image to
    protect now? Everyone including Supreme Court is pretty much clear how
    CBI has been misused to serve political objectives of Congress. Your own
    website had covered the shoddy investigation done by CBI in case of
    Aarushi murder.
    I have personally not come across any investigation
    done by CBI which lead to corrupt or criminals getting punished. Most
    cases never get solved and even if they do, the investigation lacks
    credibility.

    Just because it serves your interest or Congress
    high command asked Tarun Tejpal to keep writing against Modi, you weave
    story against Modi. I am NO fan of Modi. Neither do I have any interest
    in seeing him as a PM but I can also not tolerate Congress, who have
    played worst kind of communalism in this country. Most number of riots
    have happened under Congress rule, yet they claim to be secular. Funny
    part is that Muslims have suffered more under Congress rule then
    BJP/Shiv Sena put together yet they follow it like a lamb.

    Why
    do I not see substantial coverage by your team about 1984 riots and
    Assam Riots. Just because BJP had played dirty with Tehelka, you leave
    your own journalistic ideals and play the music scripted by Congress?

  8. Totally Corrupt Deed by Tehelka , This is now Confirm the New Site is Operated by Congress Terrorists….Supreme Court of India said CBI is A Caged Parrot of Govt of India and Congress then what else is to said about the Credibility of CBI…

    CBI is like Pet Dog to Congress Party used to threaten Mullayam and MAyawati….and to hide the Congress terrorist long with there Black money…

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