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Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case: Kerala police begins probe into death of petitioner Gopinath Pillai 

Seventy-eight-year-old Pillai, who hailed from Charummodu in the district was involved in an accident on April 11 when he was on his way to Kochi for medical treatment.

Published: 14th April 2018 09:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th April 2018 09:14 PM   |  A+A-

Pillai was the father of Pranesh Kumar alias Javed​ Sheikh who was killed in the alleged encounter along with Ishrat Jahan (in picture) and two others in 2004.

By PTI

ALAPPUZHA: The Kerala police has begun investigation into the death of Gopinath Pillai, father of Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Sheikh who was shot dead in an alleged fake encounter in Gujarat in 2004, in a road accident.

Seventy-eight-year-old Pillai, who hailed from Charummodu in the district was involved in an accident on April 11 when he was on his way to Kochi for medical treatment.

He died yesterday.

Police said they have seized three vehicles involved in the mishap.

The probe was only to rule out any foul play in the mishap as some suspicions had been raised by some quarters.

However, investigation so far has revealed that it was an accident.

A case under 304A (causing death by negligence) has been registered, they said.

Pillai's younger brother, who was driving the car, has also said the family was not suspecting any foul play and it was an accident.

Javed Sheikh was among the four alleged terrorists shot dead on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.

The others gunned down were 19-year-old college girl Ishrat Jahan from Mumbra in Maharashtra, Zeeshan Johar and Amzad Rana.

The police termed them Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives allegedly on a mission to kill then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

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