Trial Court Batla House encounter: Delhi Court to pronounce verdict against...

Batla House encounter: Delhi Court to pronounce verdict against accused tomorrow

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New Delhi, Mar 7 (ILNS) A local court will on Monday pronounce its judgement against 2008 Batla House encounter case accused and alleged Indian Mujahideen terrorist Ariz Khan, in connection with a case registered against him.

Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav, after hearing the arguments from both the sides, had on March 3, fixed the matter for the pronouncement of verdict on March 8.

Khan alias Junaid was arrested by the Delhi Police’s Special Cell in 2018, almost a decade after being on the run following the said encounter, where one decorated police official, along with two alleged terrorists, were killed.

According to the prosecution, Ariz was present at L-18 Batla House along with four others, but managed to escape on the day of the encounter.

Two Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed and as many were arrested during the encounter. In July, 2013, a trial court had sentenced Indian Mujahideen terrorist Shahzad Ahmed to life imprisonment, after holding him guilty of murdering Inspector M C Sharma and assaulting other police officers.

As per media reports, after escaping during the Batla House encounter, Khan and his accomplice Shehzad visited their relatives in Delhi, UP, Rajasthan and Maharastra, to seek shelter and financial aid, but they did not receive any help. Later, Ariz fled to Nepal.

As per the statements issued during Khan’s arrest, police had stated that Khan was an expert bomb maker, executioner and conspirator, and had been wanted for his involvement in various bomb blast cases in Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Uttar Pradesh.

Khan was arrested from Banbasa in Uttarakhand, where he had come to meet his accomplices.

Around 165 people died in the incidents of crime that Khan was involved in, police said, adding that he was present along with four others in Batla House during the encounter, but had managed to escape.

After the Batla House incident, he stayed in India for some time before fleeing to Nepal. Some of Khan’s accomplices had links with the Islamic State-the radical Islamist group, police said. ILNS/ANB/JR

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