The title of this blogpost is borrowed from the film of same name. A synopsis of the movie is given here:
Three Men and a Baby is a 1987 comedy film starring Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson, and Nancy Travis, and directed by Leonard Nimoy. It follows the mishaps and adventures of three bachelors as they attempt to adapt their lives to pseudo-fatherhood with the arrival of one of the men’s love child. The script was based on the 1985 French film Trois hommes et un couffin (Three Men and a Cradle).
But what we would deal in this post is not comedy. Unless one is comfortable with the macabre laugh of death.
I have always held that death penalty needs to be imposed only under extreme unavoidable circumstances but when applied should be done without emotions. There can neither be glee in seeing a man die nor remorse for “hapless victim”. But in the last two – three years we have seen both the so called conservatives and the so called liberals switch their stands based on the person in question. Why I am saying this is because I firmly believe nothing can justify a “Fake Encounter”.
With this in mind we should look at what the News papers have told us in the past. Excerpts from Indian Express dated Nov 22, 2011.
For a 72-year-old man living in Kerala, the SIT finding that Ishrat Jahan and others were killed in a fake encounter has paved the way for a life without any stigma.
This is not only the first paragraph of the article but also sets the tone for the article. This was written immediately after the SIT told the Gujarat HC that the encounter was fake.
I will give more details from the article just to show how much of inconsistencies are there even in this article and would leave it to the reader to form his own conclusion.
He recalled that Javed had come on leave from Dubai, where he worked as an electrician, a month before the incident. “After returning from Dubai, he drove from Pune to Alappuzha with his family. We wanted to meet his youngest son Moosa, then one-year-old. Hence, they came all the way from Pune. On their way back to Pune, Javed and family went to meet Jahan’s elder sister. After dropping his family at a relative’s house in Ahmednagar, Javed went to repair a damaged tyre. He did not return. Five days later came the shattering news, said Pillai.
From this part, I understand Javed came back from Dubai and spent the next month travelling from Pune to Allaphuzha and from there to “Jahan’s elder sister” (sic) and from there to Ahmednagar where he went to get his damage tyre changed but never returned. In an earlier article too Mr. Pillai (the senior) has called Jahan his Daughter in Law. Actually he means Sajida.
Ishrat Jahan Raza
The 19-year-old college girl from Mumbai was brought up at Rashid Compound in Mumbra with her seven siblings. Ishrat’s father Shamim Raza owned a construction company in Mumbai but he died early when Ishrat’s youngest sibling was only four. Ishrat was the sole bread-winner for the family. At the time of her killing, she was in the first year of bachelor’s of science course at Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Kings Circle. She gave tuitions to earn a living. In the summer of 2004, when tuitions did not come by, she joined Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Sheikh in Pune as an accountant. She worked both at his travel agency and perfume shop there. She had gone missing from Nasik on June 11 when Javed had come to take her to Pune. On June 15, she was found dead in a blue Tata Indica car on the outskirts of Ahmedabad along with three others, including Javed.
At 19, a first year student of Khalsa College, Near King’s Circle Bombay, fatherless, giving tuitions to earn not only her livelihood but also her six other siblings. But she lives in Mumbra, Thane District. There was somebody on Twitter who said his wife teached her and she had 100% attendance. Would like to believe him. But read the para above again. She joined Pranesh Pillai (Javed) as an accountant but in Pune. If you go back to the Para above that and reread that you will realise Javed (Pranesh) was in India only for 30 days and in this time had traveled all over the place.
Pranesh Pillai alias
Javed Gulam Sheikh
Javed had migrated to Mumbai in search of work but is believed to have got into criminal activities. He had converted to Islam in the mid-90s to marry Sajida. The Mumbai and Gujarat Police found two passports from Javed, including the one he obtained using his original name Pranesh after he converted. He was picked up in four assault cases in Mumbai and Pune, besides one for his involvement in a fake currency racket. He had taken Ishrat to Nasik, Bangalore and Lucknow, where he is believed to have met Amjad who introduced him to Zeeshan Johar.
Pranesh (Javed) had a chequered back ground if you go by this paragraph and ignore the earlier paragraph on removal of stigma. In sharp contrast to Mr. Pillai’s claim of vanishing in Ahmednagar, we hear he has gone with Ishrat Jahan to Nasik, Bangalore and Lucknow. But then this mystery would get deeper if you read thius article by Indian Express two days later on Nov 24, 2011.
Ishrat Jahan’s father-in-law contests Headley’s claim
The father-in-law of Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in an encounter with the police in Gujarat in 2004, has dismissed alleged claims of Lashkar-e-Toiba operative David Headley that she was a suicide bomber of the terror outfit.
Gopinatha Pillai said Thursday that the Pakistani-American’s reported claim made to the National Investigative Agency (NIA) personnel about 19-year-old Ishrat, during his questioning in the US, was an attempt to derail his struggle to bring to light the “whole truth”.
So who went to Kerala? Sajidha or Ishrat?
You can also read up about the other two here. Will copy the for your easy reference. But next time you hear “Fire” in a crowded theatre stand for a moment, ascertain for yourself and then and only then run.
Amjad Ali Rana alias Akbar
Ali Rana alias Salim
He was labelled as a Lashkar terrorist from Haveli Diwan in Pakistan. In the encounter, he was found dead with a AK-56 rifle near his body. It is believed Rana and Javed met in Oman several times where the latter used to go often. Rana is also believed to have met Ishrat and Javed in Ibrahimpur once.
Zeeshan Johar alias Abdul Ghani Son of Kalu alias Janbaaz
Zeeshan and Amzad Ali were caught in a trespassing case in Srinagar in 2003. The Kashmir Police reportedly has the records of their arrest. The police had found fake identity cards on their bodies that were reportedly made in Udhampur. After the encounter, no one claimed their bodies.