In a revelation that is sure to send shock waves across India, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative David Coleman Headley in his latest deposition said that Ishrat Jahan, the 19-year-old girl who was killed in an alleged ‘fake encounter’ in 2004, was a suicide bomber for LeT.
Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley, currently lodged in a U.S. prison, has been deposing as an approver through a video link in the November 2008 terror attacks case.
Headley, in the deposition, also said that LeT has a women’s wing. He also said that he was told that a woman named Ishrat Jahan was killed in the shootout.
According to public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam: “We gave three names for LeT’s women suicide bomber to David Headley and Ishrat Jahan is the name he recognised.”
However, according to her lawyer, Headley’s statement could not be taken on record as he didn’t name Ishrat Jahan himself, but after multiple choice options given to him.
On June 15, 2004, Ishrat Jahan Raza and three others Pranesh Pillai (alias Javed Gulam Sheikh), Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter by the Ahmedabad Police.
The police claimed that the four were connected with the LeT and had come to Gujarat to assassinate the then chief minister Narendra Modi in order to avenge the communal riots of 2002 which had led to the deaths of numerous Muslims.
Hard News Media File Photo of PM Narendra Modi
The encounter had taken the turn for the worse when there were inconsistencies found in the police version of the events, and this in turn triggered an uproar within Gujarat.
After Tamang’s declaration, the Gujarat high court had taken things into their own hands and ordered an inquiry into the incident.
Theleka News Candle light vigil taken out in support of Ishrat Jahan
Headley’s revelation with regard to Jahan is now set to open a can of worms as Headley himself has admitted he was part of the LeT and his revelation will now question how CBI and SIT conducted their probe.
She reiterated that Ishrat Jahan’s death was part of a large conspiracy with big names involved in the alleged fake encounter.