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Jamia Teachers’ Group points finger at Batla House encounter

The Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Group came up with a report on Friday which indicated that the Batla House encounter has several unanswered questions.

Written by Hamari Jamatia | New Delhi |
February 21, 2009 12:19:50 am

The Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Group came up with a report on Friday which indicated that the Batla House encounter has several unanswered questions.

The report comprises the detailed profiles of the accused,newspaper versions of the incident and questions the role of the media,Delhi police and the National Human Rights Commission.

At the launch of the report,guests like writer Arundhati Roy and Supreme Court Advocate Colin Gonsalves suggested that the encounter was “fake” and demanded a judicial probe.

The report — “Encounter at Batla House” — highlights the incongruence that exists in the version suggested by the police and the evidences that are available. For instance,the report contains the picture of Sajid,one of the accused,after his postmortem and raises a question as to how was it possible for the alleged terrorist to have bullet marks all over his head if he was shot from the front.

The report also pointed out that all the accused never concealed their identity or their permanent addresses in their identity-cards and driving licences. “If they were terrorists then why did not they conceal identity and escape from Batla House,when the arrests in that area had already begun on September 14,” said Manisha Sethi from the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Group that has been conducting its own independent probe and public hearings. “Instead of having scattered reports on the issue we figured out that we should be having a report which contains all the details,” said Sethi. Speaking at Edward Said Hall in Jamia Millia University,Arundhati Roy said: “The country is poised at the edge of an economic slowdown where more and more people are retreating to loyalties of castes and communities. It is for all of us to understand that we may not share languages,culture and food but we can still live together.”

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