SIT officer breaks silence: Ishrat killing was premeditated murder

“It takes a long time to train an LeT terrorist and a suicide bomber... even properly firing a 303 rifle takes 15 days... we have noted all the time she spent away from home and it was not enough to be trained as a fidayeen,” he said.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Updated: March 8, 2016 3:17 pm
IPS officer Satish Verma IPS officer Satish Verma

Breaking his silence on the Ishrat Jahan case, Satish Verma, the IPS officer who assisted the CBI probe into the alleged fake encounter in Gujarat in 2004, on Wednesday said her killing was a “premeditated murder”.

“Our investigation has found that Ishrat along with three others had been picked by IB (Intelligence Bureau) days before the encounter. In fact, there was no intelligence input with the IB that a woman would be accompanying the alleged terrorists. There was no input on Ishrat. These people were kept in illegal custody and then shot dead,” Verma told The Indian Express.

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He was one of the members of the special investigation team appointed by the Gujarat High Court.

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Mumbra girl Ishrat was killed along with three men on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004. It was alleged that they were members of a Lashkar-e-Toiba group. Last week, former Home Secretary G K Pillai told Times Now that the alleged Lashkar group was lured by the IB to Gujarat in 2004.

An IG-rank officer currently posted as Chief Vigilance Officer of the NEEPCO in Shillong, Verma said: “What is happening here is that this bogey of nationalism and security is being raised to discredit a poor and innocent girl so that an environment can be created for a favourable outcome for those involved in this crime. The Home Ministry has refused sanctions to prosecute IB officers even though courts have held that in fake encounters, there is no requirement for sanction.”

He also disputed the description of Ishrat as a Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist and a suicide bomber, saying she was away from her home and family for only about 10 days after she came into contact with Javed Sheikh, one of the three men in the group.

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He contradicted Pillai’s claim that he knew exact details of the case, saying he was “no intelligence officer”. Verma also denied former Union Home Ministry Under Secretary R V S Mani’s allegation that he had tortured him by burning him with a lit cigarette. Mani had filed two affidavits in 2009 on behalf of the Ministry in the Gujarat High Court — references to Ishrat’s alleged Lashkar links did not find mention in the revised affidavit.

He said Mani’s affidavit filings were “curious” since they did not look like the Home Ministry’s version but that of the Gujarat police investigation. “Mr Mani had no direct knowledge of the case,” he said, adding that the allegations made by Mani against him were “old” and had been made by him earlier too — The Indian Express had reported Mani’s allegations in 2013.

Meanwhile, Verma’s lawyer Rahul Sharma said he will be moving an application before the special CBI court in Ahmedabad to seek a copy of the second chargesheet against four IB officers, including former special director Rajinder Kumar, in the Ishrat Jahan case.

The court has not taken cognizance of this chargesheet since the CBI failed to get sanction from the Ministry of Home Affairs to prosecute the IB officers. The chargesheet remains pending.

Verma will argue that when the first chargesheet was filed against Gujarat police officers, no sanction was sought from the state government by the CBI. But in the second chargesheet, sanction was sought from the Union Government which has been denied.

Sources said Verma will approach the court with the plea that “denial of prosecution sanction in respect of the accused in the second chargesheet suffers from illegality and is not sustainable in law”.

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    Abdul Aziz
    Mar 9, 2017 at 10:12 am
    Ishrat murder was premeditated murder, sure,Every Premeditated riots, Police encounter and killings for Masters to benefit. To flaunt their 56 " to Hindu vote bank ..
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      Edward Nixon
      Mar 8, 2017 at 2:04 pm
      one who deal with human killing directly or indirectly are fools who will find the same fate in coming days - words of god
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        Manoj Gulalkai
        Mar 9, 2017 at 8:20 pm
        I think this is your sarcastic comment. Lol
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          Stikant
          Mar 10, 2017 at 5:16 am
          Go stay in pak for 15 days e back and tell
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            Soumitra Dasgupta
            Mar 9, 2017 at 9:26 am
            When you do anything, there will be lapsas and follies. You have to consider longterm and bigger benefits. Any statement or action which can be a potential wepon for the Arabian Imperialist ideology soldiers to use for their anti civlization activities. Media, loosers, ex-important persons who are desperately seeking attention are worst than the killer terrorists. Terrorists can be handled, these attention seekers are not easy to handle in any civilized society.
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              sidd
              Mar 3, 2016 at 8:58 am
              Mr.Satish Verma had only one agenda, same as congress. He was already in trouble with the state govt at that time. It was his lax administration/or took money to let RDX into india which was used in Mumbai Bomb Blasts (google gosabara rdx case). There is an encounter investigation going on him as well. He is a drunkard, chain smoker and a womaniser. His wife also left him due to this. He took Rs 5cr from an anti national NGO to distort this case and trap modi.
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                sidd
                Mar 3, 2016 at 9:02 am
                This is the same guy who said that the Delhi Parliament attacks were done by our own government. Can you believe a person who dreams of conspiracy theories all the time.
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                  Ivian
                  Mar 3, 2016 at 3:56 am
                  Thank you Verma for calling a spade a spade, as the Bhakts like to put it.
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                    Ajayan
                    Mar 3, 2016 at 6:04 pm
                    IPS officer Satish Verma - THOOOOOOOOOOO!!! PHD in Making Cigratee Butt s in colleague's bum..
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                      Ajayan
                      Mar 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm
                      KUDOS TO #PAID MEDIA PRESUTE INDIAN EXPRESS FOR LICKING THE MASTER'S "�$$%%, FOR BRINGING THIS GUY'S PROFILE INTO MAIN NEWS..I THINK HE GOT WELL PAID IN HIS ABROAD ACCOUNT..BUT LET ME WARN YOU, DO WELL TO HIDE THE TRAIL..YOU ARE NOTED!!
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                        Ajay
                        Mar 3, 2016 at 4:08 pm
                        How much "training " do you really need to become a suicide bomber ? What was she really doing away from her family with three men for ten days ? Just doing sight seeing in Gujarat ? So your theory is that one fine morning some Senior Police officers decide over a cup of tea that they need to shoot some four muslims at om and poor Ishrat and her three boy friends were sightseeing in Gujarat and became innocent victims. Ho ridiculous can this be ?
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                          Chopra TP
                          Mar 3, 2016 at 5:08 am
                          This moron is saying that it takes 15 days to learn how to fire a gun. I learned it in 15 minutes. what the heck is he talking about. this moron is a obviously lying.
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                            Vickyer
                            Mar 3, 2016 at 4:39 am
                            He should be througly investigated for his innocence also abt the good work done for UPA
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                              Sam
                              Mar 3, 2016 at 2:01 am
                              It seems that Rajdeep n Arnav have more access than political ppl. Press is more important than country, security
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                                Sam
                                Mar 3, 2016 at 2:11 am
                                It seems that the reason of death is accompanying the terrorist which is equivalent to being terrorist. No police force the world can save you if you are with wrong ppl. This guy is hiding that part. The intervw by Rajdeep is just for the sake of counter from congress.
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                                  Sam
                                  Mar 3, 2016 at 10:11 pm
                                  Ppl are abusing IE is okay but real villain is Rajdeep Sardesai who had conducted onsided interview purposely .
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                                    Sam
                                    Mar 3, 2016 at 2:16 am
                                    This uming if there is 1% truth in what verma , a Sharad Pawar's man is saying
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                                      IML sood
                                      Mar 3, 2016 at 5:12 am
                                      Aware of his ploy,just to escape punishment this rough wants to stick to his earlier statement as more and more evidence are coming out and his neck is to be noosed with his other masters .However,like here some lickers of Cong.always want to confuse the situation to get benefit of doubt in which they are always expert. Watch now the leaders of other political parties like CPM,JDU,RJD,AAP and like who were hiding in s wifi come out to support him just to blame the present Govt.by supporting this moron.This is called rank opportunistic traits of these parties.
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                                        IML sood
                                        Mar 3, 2016 at 10:08 am
                                        One think is unclear from going through these comments that like SIT head who just wants to save himself from noose,some persons with fake names being afraid of to be hounded by public are trying to divert attention. A cl example can be quoted : some person Dipti seems to be half man,half women perhaps belonging to 3rd gender is siding with terrorist and their activities by continuous abusing Govt.which is not normal traits of an ordinary man or women.The extraordinary sympathy with anti India elements of a few morons are tough to comprehend a normal citizen of this Great Bharat.
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                                          Jay
                                          Mar 3, 2016 at 7:48 am
                                          All world law enforcement agencies should take note that this man is a well known terror supporter, who hares and tortures the honest government officials who refuse to fall in his line. Obviously his line is his masters line. Everyone knows whose slave this man is.
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                                            Kanu Patel
                                            Mar 3, 2016 at 9:46 am
                                            I am surprised that a simple but facts revealing comment which is against Mr Verma 's conclusion is not published on the basis of moderation
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