Special Cell breaks silence on Batla encounter
The Delhi Police took serious exception to the allegations that the Batla House encounter after the serial bomb blasts was “fake”. Harish Nair reports.delhi Updated: Oct 16, 2008 01:08 IST
The Delhi Police took serious exception to the allegations that the Batla House encounter after the serial bomb blasts was “fake” and slammed the fact-finding team that had raised several questions.
In a report filed in the Delhi High court, Joint Commissioner Karnal Singh of the Special Cell said they have “sufficient evidence” to nail the five accused.
Mohd Saif, Zeeshan Ahmad, Mohd Shakeel, Zia-Ur-Rehman and Saqib Nissar.
The report was filed in response to a Public Interest Litigation filed by an NGO People’s Union for Democratic Rights seeking a probe into the September 19 encounter alleging the arrested men were being deprived of their constitutional rights.
The Special Cell, under fire from several quarters after the encounter, broke its silence officially for the first time on Wednesday.
“Investigation (of the blasts) of an offence has to be conducted by the police and it is well settled law as laid down by Supreme Court and Delhi High Court that no one can interfere in the investigation much less a private organisation like petitioner…
“It is further submitted that the so called fact finding reports have no veracity and bearing as whenever any death by encounter takes place, the report is sent to the National Human Rights Commission”.
The police said NHRC’s refusal to recommend any action against the police officers involved in the encounter is testimony to the fact that the commission was “satisfied”.
The fact-finding team comprising of civil rights activists, intellectuals, professors and students visited Jamia Nagar soon after the encounter. It had said the police version and subsequent investigations were riddled with contradictions and had demanded a probe by an independent agency.
Answering the query as to how the police reached the conclusion that the arrested men masterminded the blasts even before interrogating them and investigation of the evidence from the scene of encounter, the police said they had prior information that the perpetrators were hiding in a house in Jamia Nagar.
“The team of Special Cell deployed informers and mounted technical surveillance to trace the culprits after the blasts. Their whereabouts was revealed on the basis of intelligence inputs exchanged with the Central Intelligence Agencies and various cities targeted by militants”, said the affidavit.
On the progress of the probe into the blasts, the Special Cell said “the investigation is being conducted scientifically, impartially and there is sufficient evidence against the accused persons arrested in the serial bomb blast cases and after the completion of investigation, charge sheet shall be filed before the learned competent court”.
The police also said there was no violation of the human rights of the accused in any manner.