Confirming that Ishrat Jehan, the 19-year-old student killed in an encounter in Gujarat in 2004 was a member of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Pakistan-American terrorist David Coleman Headley today said she was part of the gang, who plotted to assassinate Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister. On June 15, four terrorists including Israt were shot dead by a police team led by DIG Vanjara on the outskirts of Ahmedabad and the killing of Ishrat had stirred up a debate across the country. Congress and many parties have argued that she was an innocent college girl and the encounter was also a fake one.
DIG Vanjara was later sent to jail on another case of killing Sohrabuddin in a fake encounter.
Headley testified for the third day today after a technical snag stalled the trial yesterday. He was answering questions of public prosecutor gave him three options of female suicide bombers in the Lashkar. The terrorist named Ishrat.
Revealing a botched up operation Headley said he had learnt about such an operation from a conversation between Lashkar commander Zaki Ur Rehman Lakhvi and the outfit’s military chief Muzammil Bhat. “Later I asked Muzammil and he said there was a female member of the LeT who was killed in a police shootout at a naka (picket). The exact place I cannot recall,” Headley said.