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Ishrat Jahan case: Family ‘vindicated’ after CBI files chargesheet in fake encounter case

The accused in the Ishrat Jahan case have been charged with murder, abduction, conspiracy and destruction of evidence and other charges as per the chargesheet filed by Assistant Commissioner of Police P. Rathod before the Special POTA Court.

Welcoming the chargesheet, Ishrat’s family said in Mumbai that they have been ‘vindicated’ after struggling for justice for nine years.

‘We have got justice after so many years. All allegations against Ishrat have been proved false. We are happy that the CBI states she was not a terrorist. Now we demand the severest punishment to all the accused, this is our appeal. We have suffered a lot all these years,’ said a composed Musharat, sister of the late Ishrat.

Petitioner and Ishrat’s mother Shamima Kauser said in an emotional voice that she had been insisting for the past nine years that her daughter was innocent and killed in cold blood. Extending sympathy to the family was Nationalist Congress Party state working president Jitendra Awhad, who hails from Thane.

Ahwad said, ‘People don’t know how the entire family was destroyed in the wake of the allegations against Ishrat.

‘Her sister could not complete her education, her brother could not get a job anywhere, the family was ostracized and had to make monumental efforts just to survive,’ he said.

The CBI chargesheet added that Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Shaikh, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were allegedly planning terror attacks in Ahmedabad.

The CBI said Pillai was allegedly using Ishrat, a college student in Mumbai, as a shield for his activities.

Her family’s breadwinner, Ishrat hailed from the middle-class Muslim-dominated Mumbra town of Thane, barely 30 km north of Mumbai.
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