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Batla encounter: Sandeep Dikshit backs Digvijaya’s call for judicial probe


New Delhi : Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Wednesday came to the rescue of his party colleague Digvijaya Singh facing the Opposition wrath for his comments on the 2008 Batla House encounter, saying there are many things which have evolved with the passage of time and a judicial probe will bring clarity on the issue.

Dikshit, however, backed the decision of the former UPA regime.

“Even after the encounter, our party and the UPA government were never divided. We always agreed with the decision made by the government. But considering the circumstances under which the encounter was carried out, many speculations are evolving with time. An inquiry will only clear things out,” Dikshit told ANI.

The Congress general secretary yesterday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi led-NDA government to order a judicial probe into the encounter at Batla House in Delhi in which two suspected terrorists and a police officer were killed.

The encounter, which had taken place during the former UPA regime, recently came into news amid a claim by an alleged ISIS operative that he had fled Batla House right before the police raided it.

Batla House encounter, officially known as Operation Batla House, took place on September 19, 2008, against Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists in Batla House locality in Jamia Nagar, Delhi, in which two suspected terrorists were killed while two other suspects were arrested.

Encounter specialist and Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, who led the police action, was also martyred during the incident.

A Delhi court had in 2013 sentenced to life the lone convict and suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Shahzad Ahmad in the case for killing decorated police officer Sharma and injuring two other policemen. (ANI)

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