Ishrat Jahan’s is a case of how not to fight terror



I heard a lawyer friend of mine arguing against extreme positions some people tend to take on issues such as terrorism, rape and corruption. In her balanced view, there was no substitute for exercising restraint and affording the accused the due process of law.

“That’s what one expects from all civilized societies,” she averred. But the constituency of sanity is shrinking fast.

Or that’s the impression one gets from the very loud, very unforgiving nature of the public discourse led by certain political parties, TV channels and newspapers.

The refrain: death for alleged rapists and terrorists; no bail for the scam-tainted.

There’s no dearth in our country of apologists for encounter specialists. They’ve come to be viewed by some as real-life heroes. Delhi has had its share of such deified policemen.

So have Maharashtra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh. Even the Khalistan movement of the eighties saw the tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye approach of Punjab’s then police chief, KPS Gill. The border state also saw retributive killings during the Naxalite movement of the late sixties and early seventies.

But eliminating innocent people in staged police encounters is the surest way of how not to fight terror. Such encounters help terrorist organizations show the State as terrorist. A case in point is that of Ishrat Jahan.

Together with three others, she was done in by a group of Gujarat policemen since charged with murder by the CBI. In the debate over a senior IB official’s alleged role in the cold-blooded killings, the BJP has not only defended the official but has accused the UPA of pitting the CBI against the IB to pursue its anti-Narendra Modi agenda.

“It will weaken the fight against terror,” the saffron party insisted. “The CBI charge sheet very clearly underplays the role of the LeT, underplays the role of terrorists and certainly indicts the security apparatus and demoralizes them,” said its spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman.

The BJP’s argument equating the official—Rajendra Kumar— with the institution of IB is an exaggeration. In recent years, there have been several instances of intelligence officials going wayward or harboring political ambitions.

A case against a special director nearing retirement cannot be interpreted as a “no trust” motion against the country’s premier intelligence outfit.

Truth is a casualty in the din and bustle of politics. The CBI indeed has been used in the past by the Congress as also the BJP. The Congress more for it has been in power for a longer period.

The CBI chargesheet is now before the Court. Rather than slugging it out politically, the ruling combine and the principal Opposition must let the law take its course.

The case after all is monitored by the Gujarat high court and the CBI cannot wrongly implicate or exonerate people.

Fake encounters even if staged against genuine terrorists cannot be justified. The rule of law must prevail. Or else the country will be reduced to a police State.

If that happens, we’d end up providing terrorist gangs with nurseries for recruitment. The effort should be to embrace alienated communities rather than pushing them into the lap of forces inimical to the country.

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  • Anil

    One eyed vision is more of like the handiwork of original Feku!

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    Praveen Saxena Reply:

    when times change..do not be surprised… if this eye closes and the other one opens…

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  • Raja

    After the fake charge sheet is filed, the CONgress lets its media dogs start barking. The old dog’s barking here makes no difference in the end. They could not get Modi for Gujarat riots. Now based on ridiculously baseless rumors and hearsay, they are are trying to get Modi in the encounter case in which CONgressi moslem terrorists were killed! Why the same level of interest is not being shown by the CONgressi terrorists in innumerble terror cases in which thousands of Hindsu have perished? Is it because they were carried out by CONgressis themselves?

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  • Premika Shalini

    Well, the article is very idealistic.

    But those brave men and women on the front lines, working in an environment where one slip can mean loss of life in the hundreds, do not have the liberty of ideals.

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  • surya

    i think we need to investigate the Batla house encounter also. The killing of conspirators of the Rajiv Gandhi assasination and the continous killings in Kashmir.

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  • goldie

    There is also a fit case for how to practice real journalism and not pretended journalism.

    There is also a fit case for how to unravel and unearth truth behind every encounter in last 50 years especially in panjab and kashmir.

    There is also a fit case for how not to trivialize grave assasination attempts.

    There is also fit case for how not glorify people with a shady past.

    There is also a fit case for making people responsible for every single fake encounter in India since 47 especially of all ruling governements of the time. Let us start with Panjab and Delhi and North east. Let us also look into all fake encounters in kashmir since 2008. Let us also examine the popular uprising in Kasmir few years back and how govt. put it down with so many deaths. What intelligence inputs where given by IB and how state govt put it to use. These are a fit case for examination.

    But alas the noise starts and ends with modi. The whole noise is only about him.. All these pretensions and holier than thou pravachans are just masquerades…..After all it is a bout of Namo-nia.

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  • Anonymous

    Sharmaji,

    On the one hand you tell everyone to stop discussing the case and let the law take its own course, on the other hand you have already proclaimed that this was a fake encounter by writing this sentence ‘ Together with three others, she was done in by a group of Gujarat policemen since charged with murder by the CBI’ .
    CBI has just filed a charge sheet but court has not yet given any verdict.
    Since when has charge sheet filed by CBI become the fact. Caged parrot was the name given to the premier agency of our country by SC.

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  • Anonymous

    The Modi factor and the fake outrage over Ishrat Jahan
    http://www.firstpost.com/india/the-modi-factor-and-the-fake-outrage-over-ishrat-jahan-931247.html
    Excerpts

    The truth is Modi makes us all insecure and uncomfortable. Not because of who he is, but because of who we are.

    Over the last 11 years, the full resources of the state, the media, the courts and every possible investigative agency in the land have been put to work to get one man nailed. Has this ever happened in any case in independent India? Nah!

    This is how the schema has worked. If lower courts can’t implicate or nail Modi, try the higher courts; if the higher courts can’t go too far, get another investigation started; if that doesn’t work, move the courts again to appoint a SIT; if the SIT’s report is not enough, try an amicus curiae; if that doesn’t work, try another SIT in another case; if that doesn’t work, try the CBI. And so it goes on and on.

    The goal is simple: keep trying till you get the verdict you want. Make everyone feel guilty that our job as liberals is not done till one man goes to jail. Nailing Modi is the cure for a system we don’t want to change.

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  • Goldie

    oh my god only one comment for this article..sir u have lost all your fan following???? or the moderator is chomping them in the washroom…??? sir pls. dont push democracy so far…!!!

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  • pass the bottle

    Sharma ji,

    Waise sach kya hai?

    Was Ishrat a terrorist or was she innocent – she can’t be both. Once you have answered it, I would read your post again.

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  • had enough

    Vehemently opposing the CBI move to chargesheet its officer Rajender Kumar, Ibrahim (present IB chief) has communicated to the office of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as well as Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde that CIB (Central Intelligence Bureau) has enough evidence to prove that Jahan was a part of a Lashkar-e-Toiba ISI module out to kill Narendra Modi and LK Advani and that even David Coleman Headley, an accused in the Mumbai bomb blast case, had pointed this out to the FBI in US during his interrogation.

    Read more on India Today:
    IB chief does what the Congress didn’t want, counters CBI on Ishrat case

    Now, why are we crying hoarse about the death (in real or fake encounter) of a suspected terrorist?

    1000’s of Hindus are missing in Uttarakhand and the state govt. has no way to figure out the actual no. of deaths there. However, the death of a terrorist matters more – because it could be used to frame a person who can’t be stopped politically any longer

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  • Laat Maar

    In his
    testimony, Goswami said he heard them talking about some LeT operation
    and Rajinder Kumar asking Vanzara to talk to the chief minister about
    it. Goswami quotes Vanzara as saying that he would talk to ’safed dadhi’
    (white beard) and ‘kali dadhi’ (black beard) — code names for Modi and
    Shah.

    —–

    Vanzara said he had Modi’s nod to kill Ishrat: Gujarat cop

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Vanzara-said-he-had-Modis-nod-to-kill-Ishrat-Gujarat-cop/articleshow/20919821.cms

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    satyadev sachdeva Reply:

    When 2000 congressmen went on a rampage and killed 10,000 Sikhs did Rajiv Gandhi stop them or turned his face away. The chief butches like bhagat, dharmadas shastri, Tytler and Sajjan Kumar were rewarded with plum cabinet posts.

    In contrast all the killed in the gujarat encounter were terrorists including ishrat. Why did her family not lodge a missing complaint in case she was held by the police for 2 months befre the body was found?

    IB outputs lke on the IM today for Bodhgaya blasts ned to be taken seriously and the suicide bombers killed otherwise we will get more 26/11.

    Juast becasue you are on teh payroll of the congress please do not do Bindu and helen type of mujra with the truth

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  • guest

    i am sure that rajender singh singhal, amit shah and modi will be arrested soon for this murder.if not means india has no honest and strong judiciary.encouters were used to make coward modi a real rambo.

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  • Anonymous

    “Sickular” parties are already up against SC and EC for fear of EC banning “Freebies” during elections.. Quite understandable…

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  • satyadev_sachdeva

    We need to blame the brainwashers of the innocent who make youngsters into suicide bombers. LeT is responsible for Kasab’s death and his hangman should not be blamed.

    In the Ishrat encounter, the three people with here were terrorists out to kill. She was probably inoocently brainwashed. So let us blame these jehadi organisations for her demise as any state will need to be proacative against terrorists.

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  • Anonymous

    Congress has just not failed, but is failing us all. Our government, our institutions, our police, our intelligence, our resources, our money…

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  • Anonymous

    Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy has yet again rushed to help Abdul Nasser Madani, Bangalore serial blast case. Madani is likely to get his medical bill paid by Chandy’s Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

    The founder and chief of Kerala People’s Democratic Party, Madani is undergoing treatment while being lodged in a Bangalore jail in Karnataka. He has been treated in Manipal Hospital and Agarwal Hospital in Bangalore.

    Madani’s medical bill amounts to around Rs 5 lakh. The court had ruled that the bill should be paid by Madani himself, following which ‘Justice for Madani Forum’ sprang into action. It approached Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy, as a result of which, Kollam collector and health director have been asked to verify the bill amount. The officials are awaiting essential certificates from Bangalore hospitals.

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  • Anonymous

    Under pressure from the government, the CBI did not name IB Special Director Rajinder Kumar as an accused in its first chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. Apart from IB director Asif Ibrahim, several former IB chiefs have written to the Prime Minister, questioning the propriety of the CBI in interrogating Rajinder Kumar. E S L Narasimhan, M K Narayanan and Shyamal Dutta, among others, are believed to have expressed fears that it would demoralise the IB and hamper its operational capabilities in the future. Former special director of the CBI D R Karthikeyan has also written a letter on the same issue.

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  • DIPAK

    Whenever Mr Vinod Sharma comes to any News channel debate
    there is no need of any Congress Spoke Person…he brilliantly defend congress on any issue………… well done sir..!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Guys , read this brilliant article

    http://m.indianexpress.com/news/while-we-were-silent/1140199/

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Mohan;
    You have done a yeoman’s service by pointing this article to us.
    Pratap Bhanu Mehta is a very balanced commentator and seldom use harsh words.
    Here, he has made UPA naked. Brilliant article is insufficient to describe it. Infact, I am going to print it for posterity.

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  • Anonymous

    What is it that Hritik Roshan can have but Amul baby cannot – Brain surgery.

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  • Pankaj#1

    OK,
    This blog has been killed with the consent of VINOD? PERIOD?

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  • Pankaj#1

    I was trying, not to come to this dead blog. But, this is where, I started blogging and it is sort of Alma mater for me. Where else I will go ??
    One liner, by Kanchan Gupta, made my day. I will reproduce that.

    ever since Sonia raj began. Not everybody is blessed with the same business acumen of the palace son-in-law

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  • pankaj#1

    Thought, I am done with this blog for the day.
    Could not resist to reproduce, Swapan Dasgupta’s comments. God bless him.
    The past two days have witnessed a spectacular bout of what rarefied academics love to call ‘inversion’. Those who go all mushy and starry-eyed over their golden retrievers have, in line with obscure theological injunctions, suddenly taken umbrage to the term ‘puppy’; and those who don’t think twice about kicking the first dog they encounter have abruptly taken membership of the SPCA.

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    Laat Maar Reply:

    Somebody asked Modi : Did you feel sad when your Grandfather died ?

    Modi became intellectually-philosophical.

    Modi : I feel sad even when a Puppy get crushed under my wheels.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Once , NaMo &
    Rahul Gandhi, who happen
    to be lost in a desert while
    on a visit to Saudi Arabia.
    After days of walking
    without any water or food,
    they noticed a Mosque.
    Rahul Gandhi said: “Yes,
    thank God! I will walk in
    saying that my name is
    Mohammed, and you say
    that your name is Ahmed,
    this way we’ll get some
    food! I’ve fooled many
    people by this trick earlier.
    So deal?”
    NaMo said: “No, I’m sticking
    with my birth name. I’ll be
    what I’m actually!”
    They walked into the Mosque
    and the Sheikh saw them
    both. The Sheikh asked:
    “What are your names?”
    Rahul Gandhi said:
    “My name is Mohammed.”
    NaMo said: “My name is
    Narendra Damodardas
    Modi.”
    Sheikh said: “Guys, please
    bring up some food and
    water for Modiji.!
    And you Mohammed,
    Ramzaan Mubarak!!!

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    do thappar Reply:

    how did u escape… the driver must have had a learner’s licence.

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    Laat Maar Reply:

    You are right. The driver is still learning. Be careful when he drives.

  • Anonymous

    Ishrat Jahan, Sadhvi Pragya; judgements have not been passed for both cases. How first one becomes the case of an innocent, another Hindu terrorism?

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  • Javed

    STOP whining and focus on bigger national issue…..please move beyond 2002 and Modi….and stop playing with national security in name of secular terrorism!?!!!!!!!!!! shame on all who play this record for so long…give us a break…its 11 years now…….why you bunch not talk about real development and growth…don’t take us for fool as we all know the facts as you would come up with twisted data provided by congress while other side they themself given out so many awards to recognize Gujarat model….

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  • Laat Maar

    Amit Shah : Big Brother ! Whatever Safed Dhadi said this Kalaa Dadhi did. You “winked”, I “executed”. Will you feel sad when I die ?

    Modi became Intellectually-Philosophical.

    Modi : When a puppy gets crushed under my wheels, should I feel sad or not ?

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  • Laat Maar

    Vanjara : Sir ! I know you are angry because I called you Safed Dhadi behind your back. But I have always been loyal to you. I encountered many to make you look like a hero. Will you feel sad when I die ?

    Modi became Intellectually-Philosophical.

    Modi : When a puppy gets crushed under my wheels, should I feel sad or not ?

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  • Laat Maar

    Jaitley : I know I manage to go to the Parliament only because of you. I also write articles telling the World that UPA uses CBI against you even though I, as a lawyer and the Leader of the Opposition, know that CBI can not take up criminal cases just like that in any states unless invited by the state or asked by the court.Will you feel sad when I die ?

    Modi became Intellectually-Philosophical.

    Modi : When a puppy gets crushed under my wheels, should I feel sad or not ?

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  • Laat Maar

    Gadkari : Look, I didn’t want to oppose you. It was Advani who kept on suggesting my name for everything. You know I kept quiet. Both of us have strong RSS links. Both of us worked for the “Industrial Revolution”. Both of us are very efficient with our “contractors”. Will you feel sad when I die ?

    Modi became Intellectually-Philosophical.

    Modi : When a puppy gets crushed under my wheels, should I feel sad or not ?

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  • anil

    [The letters have invited even adverse comments in the American media.
    The Washington Post has said that it was “unthinkable” that an internal
    issue of India was being taken to the US. Many of these MPs in the past
    have condemned the US “invasion” of Iraq and Afghanistan and have often
    termed the US policies as anti-Islamic. Now in a sudden change of stand,
    most probably out of political expediency, they want Obama’s
    intervention in a matter, which is the sole discretion of the US
    government.]

    It is really a nuisance of highest order! This only explains how bone headed these politicians are! What can one do when their only expertise is stealing public property and working in the dark!

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  • Trisul

    India was booted out of Olympics due to corrupt officials; and now again India is defending Devyani and her father Uttam who obtained Adarsh flats meant for Military widows.
    In a visa application, in the signature box, one takes an oath for true facts, before signing. Devyani “Senior Diplomat of India” did not hesitate to sign for false statements i.e. Visa Fraud. How can I trust her OR any other high ranking Diplomat from India when they lie without batting an eye.

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