STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 14 July
Hundreds of students of Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Millia Islamia organised a candle light vigil at Batla House this evening demanding justice for Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in a fake encounter by the Gujarat police in 2004.
The vigil was organised under the banner of All India Students’ Association and Revolutionary Youth Association.
Sandipan, Delhi State president of AISA said, “Fake encounters have become a routine task of the Modi government which helped him win election. The CBI charge-sheet has not named IB officer, Rajinder Kumar, allegedly involved in the cold blooded murder. We will continue our struggle for booking the culprits be it the political leaders, IB officials or the Gujarat cops,” he said.
The students said that the courageous struggle of Ishrat Jehan&’s family against the state machinery and the central intelligence agency (read Intelligence Bureau) has finally won a historic vindication.
Nine years ago, Ishrat Jehan along with three others were killed by the Gujarat police claiming they were terrorists aiming to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
“In 2009, the Ahmedabad Metropolitan Magistrate S P Tamang termed the encounter as fake. In 2011, the Court-appointed SIT also concluded that the encounter had been staged. We demand all the police officials and the political leaders involved in the cold-blooded murder be exposed and punished,” demanded the students.
The protestors also demanded a judicial probe into the Batla House encounter case in which two Muslim youths were killed. “It is high time we fight valiantly for a judicial enquiry into the Batla House encounter. Evidences will show that this encounter was also fake if it is properly investigated,” said a student.