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New Delhi, November 22, 2011
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) today said the report of the High Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) that the so-called encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan and three others by the Gujarat police in June 2004 was a cold-blooded murder constituted a severe indictment of the Narendra Modi government.
In a statement here, the polit bureau of the CPI (M) said the Modi government had done everything in its power to shield the criminals in uniform and to assassinate the character of the 19-year-old student.
"The order of the High Court to file a fresh FIR and charges of murder against the police officers must be immediately complied with. The accused must be arrested without any delay," it said.
The statement said there was another crucial question which needed to be investigated. "Could such a cover-up take place without the acquiescence of the Chief Minister and top officials in the Government?" it said.
According to the CPI(M), it was on record that at every stage of the case the Government tried to subvert the processes of justice, just as it had done in the nine cases pending before the courts on the genocide of 2002.
"The investigation must cover the role of the Chief Minister in the cover-up and this will not be possible as long as Modi remains in power. Justice for the victims demands that Modi quit office.
"The SIT report also brings into question the role of certain senior officers of central agencies who were complicit in the faking of evidence. Their role must also be investigated. The Central Government must immediately take appropriate action on this count," the statement added.