Thursday, July 25, 2013

Batla House verdict proves it was genuine encounter: Chidambaram

New Delhi: July 25, 2013(7STARNEWS) A Delhi court today ruled that the only man arrested in the controversial Batla House encounter in Delhi in 2008 is guilty of murdering Inspector MC Sharma, who was leading a police team that stormed an apartment building to capture alleged terrorists. The BJP says the verdict proves this was a genuine encounter, so does the family of the killed inspector.

Here are the 10 big developments in the case:

In September 2008, seven officers of the Delhi Police stormed an apartment building in Batla House in Delhi\'s Jamia Nagar after an alleged tip off that terrorists from the Indian Mujahideen were holed up here.In the shootout, Delhi encounter specialist Inspector MC Sharma was killed. So were two of the men in the flat. Shahzad Ahmed, according to the police, managed to escape along with another alleged terrorist, and was caught over a year later in his village in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.The verdict proves that the encounter was genuine, I am happy that the Delhi Police was able to prove its case, said P Chidambaram, who was Home Minister at the time of the controversy.Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had alleged that the encounter was fake. Reacting to today\'s verdict, the BJP has demanded an apology from him. Mr Singh said he would not oblige.The Batla House encounter took place just days after nearly 30 people were killed and over 100 injured in five serial blasts in Delhi.Some of those who challenged the encounter said Inspector Sharma had been killed by \"inter-departmental rivalry\". They cited the fact that he was not wearing a bullet-proof vest while facing men believed to be deadly terrorists.The judge today slammed this lapse and pointed out that two other officers were not armed, \"Despite all this, Inspector MC Sharma did not wear any body protection device ie bullet-proof jacket,\" he observed. \"It is not clear whether it was merely a misadventure or lack of professionalism in Delhi Police or scarcity of weapons with Delhi Police.\"\"Do you know what it\'s like for a martyr\'s family to keep hearing that this was a fake encounter? It has been proved today that this was a genuine encounter,\" said Maya Sharma, the wife of the killed police inspector.Shahzad Ahmad\'s lawyer had alleged that he was not in the apartment where the alleged terrorists were located. He will be sentenced on Monday.After the encounter, teams of the Delhi Police combed Azamgarh to find the two terrorists who had escaped, provoking protests from locals and leaders of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
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