New Delhi, Feb 21 : The CBI Thursday arrested a Gujarat police officer from Ahmedabad Thursday for his involvement in the alleged staged Ishrat Jahan shoot-out case of 2004, said an agency official.

G.L. Singhal, an Indian Police Service officer at present posted as superintendent of police at state crime records bureau, was arrested during a raid at his house and offices in Ahmedabad. As then assistant commissioner of police, crime branch team, Singhal had led the team that gunned down the 19-year-old student and three others in Ahmedabad.

The CBI, in its first information report (FIR), argued that Singhal played an active role in the shoot-out which was later found to be fake by the special investigation team (SIT) constituted by the Gujarat High Court.

Ishrat along with three others - Javed Sheikh, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana - was killed by a team of Ahmedabad city crime branch officers on a stretch of empty road between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar on June 15, 2004. They planned to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi, police then claimed.

After her mother complained about the alleged fake shoot-out, the state high court constituted an SIT which concluded that gunfight was faked. Following the SIT report, the court handed over the matter to the CBI.


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