Mumbai, July 11: The family members of Ishrat Jahan, the teenager killed by Gujarat Police in an alleged fake encounter in 2004, on Thursday claimed threat to their lives and demanded adequate security.
Ishrat's mother Shamima Kauser, through her lawyer, wrote to Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami, claiming “grave threat to life, liberty and security” to her, her children as well as Rauf Lala and Mohinuddin Ismail Sayed, who have been supporting her fight for justice, and sought protection.
Nine years after Ishrat (19), whose family resides in Mumbra in adjoining Thane, and three others were gunned down near Ahmedabad, the CBI last week charged seven Gujarat Police officers.
Addressing a press conference here, Ishrat's sister Mushrrat said, “My family and those supporting us are facing threat to their lives. Those who don't want us to fight for justice are terrorising us.”
Explaining further, she said, “A number of policemen were yesterday deployed outside our building. However, at about 2.30 am today, a group of men, claiming to be policemen, knocked at our door and sought to know if we are safe. They kept banging on the door and left after whispering among themselves. It was clear they had come to harm us.”
“This morning, when we asked the Mumbra Police if they had sent anybody to our house last night, the cops replied in the negative,” Ms. Musharrat claimed.
Citing another incident, Ishrat's uncle Rauf Lala said he and his family members were returning home in a car from the airport on the intervening night of June 18-19 when two armed men attacked the vehicle and broke its rear glass.
“The attackers were nabbed by a crowd and taken to Mumbra police station. A country made firearm was recovered from them. It was clear that the accused fired at the vehicle. But the police diluted the crime, registered a road accident case and let off the two.”
An inquiry later revealed that one of the attackers, Firoz Kalia, was a contract killer, Rauf Lala said.
He said when they had gone to attend a programme in Haryana, a vehicle followed them for nearly 30 km.