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Life term too harsh: Jamia Nagar residents

After a Delhi court on Tuesday awarded life sentence to Shahzad Ahmed,convicted last week in the 2008 Batla House encounter case

Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Published: July 31, 2013 12:51 am

After a Delhi court on Tuesday awarded life sentence to Shahzad Ahmed,convicted last week in the 2008 Batla House

encounter case,residents and students in Jamia Nagar area questioned the fairness of the judgment and sought a judicial probe into the encounter that took place in 2008.

President of the Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association (JTSA) Manisha Sethi said,“We are very disappointed with the judgment. It is based completely on conjecture.”

JTSA will release a report on the judgment on Wednesday. The association had claimed that the encounter was fake.

Hamid Ali,a former resident of L-18,the building where the encounter took place,said,“Everything the court has said is in favour of Delhi Police and it looks like the arguments of the defence have not even been considered while drafting the verdict.” Hamid was in the building on September 19,2008.

A company of RPF and police personnel was deployed in the area after the verdict.

No untoward incident was reported from the area,a senior police officer said.

Batla resident and former Jamia Millia Islamia student Aslam Khan,who has been part of the movement against Shahzad’s conviction for killing inspector M C Sharma,said,“The court has decided on the encounter but said nothing about whether or not he was an Indian Mujahideen operative. What is saddening is the fact that commentators and so-called experts have declared his identity as an anti-national.”

Aslam,along with student activists from Jamia and other

universities,has been involved in protests in the Capital

after Shahzad’s conviction on July 25.

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