Mumbai, Nov. 22 (ANI): A day after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the 2004 Ishrat Jahan case told the Gujarat High Court that the encounter was fake, family members of the 19-year-old college girl on Tuesday recounted the tribulations in their fight for justice.
NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad, who was an aide to the family in their long fight for justice, said that the past seven years have been difficult for the family and there were several instances when they thought of quitting the battle.
"Seven years have passed (fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan) but we should go and ask the family members how they have lived for the past seven years. In the seven years we had several instances when we thought of quitting, as we fought to get justice," said Awhad.
Ahwad further said that although the family was in state of shock and economically very unstable after the fake encounter, it was Ishrat's mother, Shamima Kausar, who was adamant to prove her daughter innocent.
"The family was in state of shock and economically very unstable after the fake encounter. They could not even think of fighting for justice, but Ishrat's mother always kept on saying to us that Ishrat was the breadwinner of the family and she wanted to prove her daughter innocent. She wanted to wipe out the false allegation from her child's name," he added.
The Gujarat High Court has now ordered registration of fresh cases against accused policemen in the wake of the SIT report.
Ishrat Jahan was killed along with Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar in a shootout by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch on June 15, 2004.
They were shot dead on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in a private car. (ANI)