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The Indian Herald

February 3, 2010

Digvijay Singh raises doubts over Batla House encounter

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, who reached Sanjarpur town in Azamgarh on Wednesday, expressed doubts over the Batla House encounter in which police had claimed killing terrorists.

Singh reached Sanjarpur to meet family of another alleged terrorist Shahzad, who was arrested recently. While Rashtriya Ulama Council activists protested his visit and showed him black flags, Singh visited Shahzad's home and assured impartial probe.

He also said that the photographs of the youths killed in the encounter Delhi, raised doubts about the genuinity of the encounter. "The bullet wounds were on the head, which is not possible in cross-fire", said Singh.

Singh also said that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) did not listen to the other side. Ulema Council has alleged that the visit was an eyewash as Congress government is at the helm in Delhi and the encounter was held at its behest.

Two youths, who were allegedly members of Indian Mujahideen, a terrorist organisation, had been gunned down in the encounter at Batla House in Jamia Nagar in 2008.

Social activists, Muslim organisations and civil rights groups have been asserting that it was a fake encounter that was organised after the terrorist attack in Mumbai, to salvage the sagging image of government. The Delhi police special cell had killed the youths and inspector Mohan Chand Sharma had died in the exchange of fire.

TIH Bureau

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