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2008 Batla House encounter case: Delhi Court awards death penalty to Ariz Khan

The lane of L-18 wears a deserted look a week after the gunfight between police and suspected militants at Batla House in September 2008. (HT archive) (HT_PRINT)Premium
The lane of L-18 wears a deserted look a week after the gunfight between police and suspected militants at Batla House in September 2008. (HT archive) (HT_PRINT)

  • The Delhi Court had said that it was 'duly proved that Ariz Khan and his associates caused murder of police official and fired gunshot on the police official
  • Ariz Khan had fled from the spot and was declared proclaimed offender. He was arrested on February 14, 2018, and faced the trial

Delhi court today awarded death penalty to Ariz Khan for murder of inspector Mohan Chand Sharma and other offences in connection with the 2008 Batla House encounter.

Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav also imposed a total fine of 11 lakh against Ariz in the case. The court said 10 lakh should be immediately released to the family members of Sharma.

"I feel the fine of 10 lakh is insufficient. Hence, I am referring the matter to Delhi Legal Services Authority for award of additional compensation," the judge further said. Additional Public Prosecutor A T Ansari, appearing for the police, sought death penalty for Ariz, allegedly associated with the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, saying it was not just any killing but a murder of a law enforcement officer who was a defender of justice.

Earlier, Police sought death penalty for Khan, allegedly associated with the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, saying it was not just any killing but a murder of a law enforcement officer who was a defender of justice.

Additional Public Prosecutor A T Ansari, appearing for the police, said the case attracts exemplary punishment, which is capital punishment.

Khan's counsel opposed the death penalty.

The court had said on March 8 that it was "duly proved that Ariz Khan and his associates caused murder of police official and fired gunshot on the police official".

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on 2008 Batla House encounter verdict said,"Sonia Ji, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, & Digvijaya Singh had raised questions on the police action &, in a way, sided with the terrorists. I demand that they should apologise to the nation."

Inspector Sharma of the police's special cell was killed during the 2008 Batla House encounter in Jamia Nagar in south Delhi.

A trial court had sentenced Indian Mujahideen terrorist Shahzad Ahmed in July 2013 to life imprisonment in connection with the case. His appeal against the verdict has been pending in the high court.

Ariz Khan had fled from the spot and was declared proclaimed offender. He was arrested on February 14, 2018, and faced the trial.

Police had earlier claimed that Ariz Khan was present at Batla House, along with four others, and had managed to give police the slip during the encounter on September 19, 2008, in Delhi's Jamia Nagar, in which two Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed and as many arrested.

Two suspected terrorists, Atif Ameen and Mohammad Sajid were killed while two other suspects -- Mohammad Saif and Zeeshan were arrested earlier.

The incident took place a week after five serial blasts had hit Delhi on 13 September 2008 in which at least 30 people were killed and over 100 injured.

Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma of Special Cell was martyred during the 2008 Batla House encounter.

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