June 14, 2013 - Times Now has accessed a letter written by the IB dated Feb 28, 2013. In this letter the IB talks about its stand in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case and reaffirms its version that the 4 people who were killed in that encounter were LeT operatives.
While Times Now had earlier reported about the IB’s stand in the Ishrat jahan case, this letter proves that even as early as in February this year the agency had written to the CBI asserting their position. In the letter, the IB goes on to say that it was Muzammil, the dreaded LeT operative who had inducted Ishrat. The letter also talks about a communication from the FBI to the IB on David Coleman Headley’s interrogation, in which Headley also talks about Ishrat Jahan as a deadly female suicide bomber. The agency in its letter says that Zaki Ur Rehman Lakhvi, LeT’s supreme commander had spoken at length to Headley about Muzammil’s accomplishments and one such accomplishment was recruiting Ishrat Jahan, a female suicide bomber.
While the IB letter brings to light the official stated position of the Intelligence Bureau, sources within the CBI continue to maintain that they do not have evidences to prove that the four people killed were terrorists and that the agency is now focusing on the fake encounter in which it believes IB Special Director Rajendra Kumar had a role to play. The Gujarat High Court meanwhile has rapped the CBI for their delay in filing the chargesheet in the case and has asked the agency to focus on the fake encounter than the Intelligence Bureau.
by Prema Sridevi