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Ishrat's diary shows terrorist links: Police
June 20, 2004 17:47 IST
The Gujarat Police on Sunday claimed it had 'clinching' evidence in the diary of Ishrat Jahan Sheikh to prove that she and Javed Sheikh, two of the four alleged Lashkar militants killed in an encounter in Ahmedabad on June 15, were involved in terrorist activities and received Rs 480,000.
"Ishrat's diary has a detailed handwritten account of financial transactions, including receiving Rs 480,000 and that she passed Rs 106,000 of it to Salim, one of the Pakistani terrorists killed with her," Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) D G Vanjhara told PTI.
"We have got absolute evidence that Ishrat was directly involved in terrorist activities, even though this assignment might have been her first. We have evidence that she at least knew Javed well if not the other two, who were Pakistani nationals," he said.
The crime branch claims to have got hold of a register of Shivganga Hotel in Kalupur area where the two had given false names and posed as a couple on May 15.
The official said the diary also contained information about reconnaissance conducted by Ishrat and Javed of some houses, whose owners' names are not mentioned, but just some coded alphabets.
The police were also investigating about their travel to Surat on May 8 and trying to trace local contacts.
Moreover, the crime branch claims to have got hold of a register of Shivganga Hotel located in Kalupur area of the city, where the two had given false names and posed as a married couple on May 15.
The police claim to back all this evidence with a tape recorded "confession" of Ishrat's mother Shamima Shaikh, who was grilled by crime branch when she had come to collect her daughter's body two days ago.
Transcripts of her interrogation has been released to media.
The diary also contained information about reconnaissance conducted by her and Javed of some persons houses, whose names are not mentioned but just some coded alphabets, the ACP said.
The police are also investigating their travel to Surat on May 8 and trying to trace their local contacts.
Ishrat, Javed and two Pakistani nationals, all alleged LeT militants sent to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi, were shot dead in an encounter with crime branch personnel in the wee hours on June 15.
Officials had recovered an AK-56 rifle, a satellite phone, material for making explosives and cash.
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