Ishrat Jahan

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Ishrat Jahan Shamim Raza (1985 – 15 June 2004) was an Indian teenager who was killed in Ahmedabad in 2004 in a police encounter along with three others. The police claimed she was an islamist terrorist.The encounter was later alleged to have been staged.

The encounter was carried out by a team of Ahmedabad Crime Branch led by DIG D.G. Vanjara. The police alleged that all four were Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operatives involved in a plot to assassinate the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi. This is a pattern that matches the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter.

Early life

Ishrat Jahan was a second year Bachelor of Science student at Mumbai's Guru Nanak Khalsa College.She was the second of 7 siblings. Her lower middle class family, hailing from Bihar, lived in the Rashid compound in the Muslim-dominated area of Mumbra in Thane district in Mumbai. Having lost her father two years before her own death, Ishrat taught tuition and did embroidery work to support her family.


Ishrat had left her house on 12 June 2004, three days before she was killed. On 15 June 2004, the Gujarat police...
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