Ahmedabad: The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ahmedabad on Saturday remanded suspended Gujarat police officer Narendra Amin in six-day (till April 12) CBI custody in college student Ishrat Jahan fake encounter killing case. CBI had sought 14 days' custody of Amin who is a suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police and was arrested by the agency on Thursday from a hospital in Ahmedabad.
The order on CBI's remand application had been reserved by Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate HS Khutwad on Friday after Amin alleged torture. "I was severely beaten up and also verbally abused by the CBI officers in custody," he had said.
The court on Saturday asked the agency to take him for a medical check-up and see to it that his health was protected. In March, he had got bail on medical grounds from the Bombay High Court in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case.
CBI maintained in the remand application that before the alleged encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others, no cordon had been set up, contrary to police's claim. "The incident did not happen in the way it was mentioned in the complaint," it said.
"The details of a widespread conspiracy to kill the deceased persons and the role played by each conspirator are yet not fully known. The accused person (Amin) knows these details and he has to be interrogated." Mumbra-based Ishrat, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an alleged encounter by Ahmedabad Crime Branch on June 15, 2004 on Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar road.
Police had then claimed that all four were terrorists who were on a mission to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi. As per Gujarat police's version, Amin was a part of the team which had cordoned off the area near the encounter spot and also took part in shoot-out.