On a day the AAP swept the Delhi Assembly polls, newly elected party MLA from Okhla Amanatullah Khan said he would seek a probe into the 2008 Batla House case. “The encounter seems to have been fake. The Delhi government cannot do anything on its own. The Central government has the power to conduct an inquiry into the case. I will ask the Central government to take action,” he said.
Beating BJP’s Brahm Singh by 64,532 votes, Khan won by a margin of more than 50,000 votes.
On September 19, 2008, a shootout had taken place in Jamia Nagar’s Batla House area, which falls under the Okhla constituency. Two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists — Mohammed Sajid and Atif Amin — had been killed. Delhi Police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was also killed in the incident. Two suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives — Mohammad Saif and Zeeshan — were arrested while a fourth accused Ariz Khan had escaped.
Meanwhile, newly re-elected Malviya Nagar AAP MLA Somnath Bharti, who had made headlines during the AAP’s 49 days of governance when he served as the law minister, also spoke about the Khirki Extension incident.
On a social media website, Bharti said he was proud of the incident. He said residents of the capital had realised the significance of an MLA who, he said, goes out at night to address people’s issues. “I’m proud of Khirki. people realised min wont go at night for ntn. Cong ppl cant go thr forget contesting elex (sic),” he said on Twitter.
On his party’s performance in the Lok Sabha polls, Bharti further Tweeted, “We weren’t a choice during LS elex.We said we’ll get +100 seats ppl realised that wont be a credible opp.”
In January last year, Bharti, following complaints by residents of Khirki Extension, had conducted a midnight raid, alleging a drug and prostitution racket in the area. He had urged Delhi Police officers to conduct a raid and arrest African nationals, allegedly involved in the illicit trade.