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Delhi Police Start Probing 'Missing' Ishrat Jahan Case Papers
File photo of Ishrat Jahan who was named as a suicide bomber for the terror outfit Laskhar-e-Taiba by David Coleman Headley during his video-link deposition at TADA court in Mumbai. Ishrat Jahan was killed in a 2004 gunfight by Gujarat cops. (Image: IANS)

The Delhi Police has started investigating the case of missing documents pertaining to the Ishrat Jahan shootout case after an FIR was lodged recently by Home Ministry officials.

The documents reportedly went missing from the North Block office of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) tenure.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, New Delhi district, Jatin Narwal on Sunday told IANS: “We have filed an FIR in the Ishrat Jahan missing documents case and are planning for further proceedings.”

According to the police, in March an inquiry committee led by Additional Secretary of the Home Ministry examined the Ishrat Jahan files in detail and it was found that around five documents, including two affidavits, were missing.

However, Narwal said that it was too early to determine how these papers went missing from the file, or if they were removed deliberately.

“At this stage nothing can be said. We are probing the matter,” he said.

The police has registered a case under Section 409 (Criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code on the basis of a complaint filed by V.K. Updhyay, Under Secretary to government of India, on September 22.

Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed in an alleged fake gun battle near Ahmedabad in Gujarat in 2004.