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India police clear top Modi aide over killings

Published on May 7, 2014 11:37 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian police on Wednesday cleared a top aide of prime ministerial frontrunner Narendra Modi of involvement in the 2004 shooting of four people, but he still faces allegations over other killings, a report said.

The federal Central Bureau of Investigation told a court in western Gujarat state there was "not sufficient evidence" to charge Amit Shah over the killings of four people including 19-year-old teenager Ishrat Jahan, the Press Trust of India said.

Police at the time had alleged the four, gunned down on a highway on the edge of Gujarat's main city of Ahmedabad, were terrorists plotting to kill Mr Modi - the Hindu nationalist chief minister of the state.

Shah has been serving as the leading strategist for Mr Modi's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the pivotal state of Uttar Pradesh during India's marathon general election which has entered its final stages. He has insisted he is innocent of involvement in any killings.

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