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I want a CBI probe: Ishrat's mother
June 18, 2004 20:08 IST
Shamima Jahan Sheikh, mother of Ishrat Jahan Sheikh, one of the alleged Laskhar terrorists killed by Gujarat police, on Friday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the encounter claiming that her daughter was completely innocent.
"My daughter was innocent and not involved in any terrorist activity as alleged by the crime branch," Sheikh told reporters at the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad.
Sheikh, who arrived in the city this morning accompanied by several persons from Mumbra to claim her daughter's body, alleged that they were not allowed to get the post-mortem report of Ishrat.
Asked whether she was grilled by the crime branch, Shamima said she was asked several questions about Ishrat's background, friends and activities and that she was asked not to talk to media.
To a query if she knew about Ishart's whereabouts when she was 'missing' from home, Shamima said that she was going for an interview for a job and was told that she would return soon.
She totally denied intelligence claims in Mumbai that Ishrat was being tracked by policemen on eight other occasions and also any links between her daughter and Javed, who was also killed in the shootout.
Meanwhile, a family friend accompanying her, named Munna claimed that a vehicle of Gujarat police was doing rounds of Mumbra area on Saturday.
Abdul Rauf Lala, who claims to head a fact-finding committee that comprises several political parties and NGOs of Mumbra, also demanded a CBI probe and denied Ishrat's role in any anti-national activity.
When questioned about certain media reports that Ishrat had gone 'missing' on previous two occasions, Lala staunchly denied them.
Advocate Shakeb Khan, who is also a Samajwadi Party leader from Mumbra told reporters that they would file a case, once the fact-finding committee finds any evidence.
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