After the Ghaziabad-based owner failed to find any tenant for the house, he put it up for sale, residents claim. But there were no buyers.
When an HT team visited the house, it was locked and covered by dust.
But it seems the house will soon find a new owner. One of the neighbours, a property dealer, plans to purchase it and end the suspense of what it looks by throwing it open for the public.
"Now that the verdict is out, I intend to buy the property and show to all of you that it is impossible to escape from the police. The police has framed the man by claiming that he escaped from the house. I have been in touch with the owner, who lives in Ghaziabad, regarding the property and I have decided to say yes to him," said Qayamuddin, the property dealer. Vox pop
While a few families living in other flats of the building have left, some of them continue to live there. They were too scared of talking about the episode, fearing they may land in trouble.
Many local residents said the building turns into a tourist spot whenever the issue of Batla house hots up. "Whenever our friends come to visit, all they want to see is L-18. It is sad that Batla House is now known only for the encounter. I want this perception to change and it will only be possible when people will see the house and realise that the police's theory is false," Qayamuddin added.Read More:Batla shootout crippled IM capabilities | Passport, railway ticket nail Shahzad