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Eleven years on, we are still awaiting justice, says brother

Mehtar was gunned down by a team of Gujarat police claiming he was a member of Lashkar-e-Toiba. Mehtar was gunned down by a team of Gujarat police claiming he was a member of Lashkar-e-Toiba.
Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Posted: January 14, 2014 4:43 am

On the 11th death anniversary of Sadiq Jamal Mehtar his brother Shabbir visited the Musa Suhag graveyard here on Monday where Mehtar was buried 11 years ago on January 13. Mehtar was gunned down by a team of Gujarat police claiming he was a member of Lashkar-e-Toiba out to kill the Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.

Shabbir came from his native Bhavnagar and paid homage in the morning even as there was police bandobast at the graveyard. Shabbir said even 11 years  after the fake encounter his brother is yet to get justice. Criticising the CBI for delaying the investigations, Shabbir said, “CBI is playing some game and is probably afraid of filing the second chargesheet. I don’t know who they are scared of.”

Mehtar was killed in the fake encounter in 2003. Four years later his brother Shabbir moved the Gujarat High Court following which the court directed that a fresh FIR be lodged in 2011 while handing over the investigation to CBI in July the same year.

In December 2012, CBI filed a chargesheet against eight Gujarat poilcemen, including Deputy Superintendent of Police Tarun Barot, J G Parmar, I A Saiyed, K M Vaghela, R L Mavani, G H Gohil, Ajaypalsingh Siyaram Yadav and Chhtarsinh Chudasma. The CBI let the case open for further investigation and since then a supplementary chargesheet is awaited.

“There are some big officers involved in the encounter. The CBI hasn’t done anything about them. True justice would be done only if the accused officers are arrested while in service,” Shabbir said.

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