Clean Chit to Delhi Police in Batla House Encounter Case

In Batla House encounter case, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has given a clean chit to Delhi police. In the encounter last year, two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists and a decorated police officer were killed.

In its report, the NHRC, which conducted probe into the case on the instructions of the Delhi High Court, said that no infringement of human rights took place by actions of police in the controversial case in which two alleged terrorists were gunned down on September 19, 2008.

“We are clearly of the opinion that having regard to the material placed before us, it cannot be said that there has been any violation of human rights by action of police,” the commission said in its 30-page report submitted in a sealed envelope to the high court.

It may be mentioned that the Delhi High Court, on May 21, had directed the NHRC to complete the probe into the matter within two months.

Encounter specialist Delhi police inspector M C Sharma was killed during the police action against suspected terrorists on September 19, 2008 in the aftermath of serial blasts in Batla House locality in the national capital.

The court had directed the enquiry on a plea of the NGO, Act Now for Harmony and Democracy, that questioned the police version of the encounter.

Two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists who were killed were identified as Atif Amin and Mohd Sajid. Two other IM suspects Mohd Saif and Zeeshan were arrested from the Batla House area.

The incident took place a week after serial blasts rocked the capital killing 26 people and injuring 13 others.

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