On the morning of June 28, 2004, about two weeks after 19-year-old Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed by Gujarat policemen in a fake encounter outside Ahmedabad, the Jammu & Kashmir Police shot dead two Pakistani men in Aastanpora on the outskirts of Srinagar city, allegedly after they tried to escape from police custody. One of these two men, Shahid Mehmood, allegedly a commander of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, had been arrested two days earlier, on June 26, 2004. In his confessional statement, Shahid Mehmood allegedly said that he had, after watching TV, identified one of the three men killed along with Ishrat as Amjad Ali alias Salim alias Babar, a Lashkar operative who had been trained by Lashkar's India operations commander Muzzamil for "executing plans" in this country.
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