In a new twist in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case,a forensic report of 2010 on the cartridges recovered from the spot says these do not match the guns allegedly found on Ishrat and her three aides. This contradicts a 2004 report by the same Directorate of Forensic Science,saying the markings on the cartridges and the guns matched.
The Indian Express has a copy of the 2010 report. The police had claimed to have recovered two 9 mm pistols from the car of the four alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives,along with eight empty cartridges. Police had also claimed to have recovered certain live cartridges from the spot.
The two pistols,the eight empty cartridges and the live cartridges were among the articles sent to the forensic directorate for tests.
In a report dated August 18,2004,the Assistant Director at the Directorate of Forensic Science,B K Mistry,concluded that the eight empty cartridges could have been fired from the pistols recovered. Mistry also found that the characteristics of the live cartridges matched the empty cartridges.
In 2009,the Special Investigation Team appointed to look into the encounter death asked for forensic reports of all the articles again.
On May 17,2010,Mistry sent a report stating that the empty cartridges could not have been fired either from the pistols recovered from the alleged terrorists or the police weapons used in the encounter. Incidentally police weapons had not been sent for forensic examniation in 2004.
An SIT member Satish Verma also filed an affidavit on January 27,2011,seeking registration of a separate offence on these grounds.
Ishrat,Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai and two others were killed in Ahmedabad in an alleged encounter on June 14,2004.