NEW DELHI: After a Delhi court convicted Indian Mujahideen terrorist Ariz Khan in the 2008 Batla House encounter case, BJP on Tuesday launched a fresh salvo against Congress and other opposition parties, including West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, for casting doubts on the encounter in which a decorated Delhi Police officer was killed and two
cops were injured.
At a press conference, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad sought apology from Congress functionaries like Sonia Gandhi, Digvijay Singh and Salman Khurshid besides Banerjee and said there should be a probe over the attempt to weaken the morale of Delhi Police in its fight against terrorism.
There was a conscious, deliberate and consistent attempt to cast serious doubt on the authenticity of the Batla House encounter to weaken the morale of Delhi Police and give clear support to terrorist and their design. Why? For pure vote-bank politics,” Prasad said and quoted remarks by opposition leaders, including Khurshid, Digvijay Singh and Mamata Banerjee.
IM terrorist Ariz Khan was on Monday convicted of killing Delhi Police inspector Mahesh Chand Sharma in the gunfight in south Delhi”s Batla House locality in September 2008. The encounter took place a week after five serial blasts hit the national capital on September 13, 2008, killing at least 30 people and injuring over 100. Two terrorists, including Ariz, had managed to escape.
Several politicians had voiced doubts over the encounter. However, the NHRC had given a clean chit to the Delhi Police.