19 September, 2020

No Lilies For Ishrat

An assassination plot, a highway blowout, a dead college girl. What was she doing there? What really happened on the morning of June 15 in Ahmedabad? Updates

No Lilies For Ishrat
Ishrat Jahan Shamim Raza was just a 19-year-old college student from Mumbra, a predominantly Muslim suburb 50 km from Mumbai—till she was shot dead in a June 15 police encounter in Ahmedabad. And though three others were killed that day, the incident continues to be in the eye of a controversy, embarrassing both the Maharashtra and Gujarat police no end because of her presence. It hasn't helped that days after Ishrat, 'mastermind' Javed Ghulam Sheikh and two alleged Pakistani nationals were killed in the pre-dawn encounter by the Gujarat police, the investigating authorities in both states were still to show up any concrete evidence to substantiate the quite serious charges. The authorities claim the group was affiliated to terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba and was on a mission to assassinate Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.

In the case of Ishrat, the evidence on record does fly a bit in the face of the public perception of her. Indeed, Mumbra had shut down for two days to honour her. The collective...


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