Batla House encounter: Contradictions in police version,says defence

“Our local police works like in Hindi movies — they reach the spot after the incident,” the defence counsel in the Batla House encounter case on Tuesday told the court

Written by D K RITURAJ | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2013 2:06 am

“Our local police works like in Hindi movies — they reach the spot after the incident,” the defence counsel in the Batla House encounter case on Tuesday told the court while exposing contradictions in the case put up by the Delhi Police’s Special Cell.

Satish Tamta,counsel representing Shahzad Ahmed,the lone accused in the case,drew the attention of the court to the inaction of the local police who reached the spot after the alleged encounter had taken place and the four persons injured in the firing had been sent to the hospital.

Tamta also spoke of the loopholes in the police records since the incident took place around 11 am but the FIR was registered at 4 pm.

The investigation officer explained the delay by saying that he had gone to the hospitals to check on the accused.

“However,no document or logbook entries of the hospital show that the inspector had gone to the hospitals,”Tamta said.

Tamta read into the testimony given by sub-inspector S P Tyagi who was present outside the building during the alleged encounter.

According to Tyagi’s testimony,the building had only one stairwell and no person was seen entering or coming out of the building during the police raid,Tamta told Additional Sessions Judge Rajender Kumar Shastri.

Tamta had earlier told the court that two versions of the incident had been relayed by the police.

One in which information about the raid was given on September 18,a day prior to the incident,and another version in which information was released on the morning of the incident. A team of 18 Special Cell officers had raided a fourth floor flat in the Batla House neighbourhood on September 19,2008,after reportedly receiving information that members of the Indian Mujahideen,responsible for the serial blasts in Delhi six days prior,were hiding there. Inspector M C Sharma and two alleged terrorists were killed in the ensuing shootout.

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