Photos:SIT reconstructs Ishrat encounter for third time

Ahmedabad, 22 October, 2011

The Special Investigation Team probing the 2004 police encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others, along with forensic experts, today reconstructed events that took place on the day of the incident for the third time at the original site near Kotarpur area here.

SIT chairman R R Verma, along with the teams from All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) and Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), New Delhi, reconstructed the encounter for the third time.

“The reconstruction was required to be carried out for the third time, as there were some further queries with regard to some specific points on how the injuries were caused,” SIT officials said.

“The process has continued till late in the evening,” they said.

The reconstruction of the event was first carried out on April 17 and then on July 7 this year, with the help of the same agencies– CFSL and AIIMS. For the reconstruction of the police encounter, SIT members Mohan Jha and Satish Verma were present.

The SIT has been appointed by the Gujarat High Court, to find out whether the encounter was fake or genuine and has been asked by the court to furnish the final report by November 18. Meanwhile, CFSL experts also conducted psycho-analysis test of three witnesses, who have turned hostile. “The psycho-analysis test of three witnesses, who turned hostile has been conducted,” an SIT official said. During the last hearing of the case on October 7, Verma had told the court that they wanted to conduct psycho-analysis test on some of the witnesses, who had turned hostile and the CFSL has given them time to conduct the test.

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