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January 20, 2009

Arjun Singh for judicial probe in Batla House encounter

Veteran Congress leader and Union Minister Arjun Singh stirred the hornet's nest on Tuesday when he demanded a judicial inquiry into the Jamia Nagar's encounter.

Singh said that an inquiry was necessary to clear the doubts surrounding the infamous encounter in which Delhi police special cell had claimed shooting terrorists to death.

The Minister for Human Resources Development (HRD) said that the inquiry would help in getting to the truth behind the encounter. He said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is also thinking over the demand for probe.

The senior leader's statement is likely to put up further pressure on Congress that has been avoding the inquiry. Various sections have criticised Congress for not ordering probe, which is considered mandatory in any case of encounter.

Earlier, the statements of AR Antulay and Digvijay Singh on similar issues including the death of ATS Chief Hemant Karkare have showed that there is no unanimity in the party over the issues. Sections of citizens and Muslim organisations had asked for a high-level inquiry into the encounter that took place in Delhi. 

Inspector Mohan Chandra Sharma had died of a bullet in the incident. Reacting to the statement, the BJP said that Congress should clarify its stand on the Batla House encounter. It criticised the UPA government for alleged ambiguity on the encounter.

TIH Bureau

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