Jamia teachers release report on Batla encounter
Unsettled by the “contradictions” in the police version of last year’s Batla House shootout, a group of Jamia teachers have prepared a report questioning the encounter theory.
The report, called Encounter at Batla House: Unanswered Questions, was released on Friday afternoon in the presence of author Arundhati Roy and Supreme Court lawyer Colin Gonsalves, among others, at the Edward Said Hall of the Jamia Millia Islamia University.
The 60-page report —which is based on police statements, press reports, testimonies of families and friends of the accused and other documentary evidence—will be sent to the National Human Rights Commission to stress upon the urgency for an independent judicial probe.
“We hope to deliver the report to people in the judiciary and politicians to show them there is a possibility of a credible alternative version of what happened on September 19. The police theory of how the two terrorists escaped from L-18 during the shootout, for one, is doubtful. How could they have escaped if the officers were there on the staircase?" said Manisha Sethi, member of the Jamia Teachers Solidarity Group that prepared the report.
“This precise and clean piece of work shows that the need to ask for a inquiry is valid. Injustice never goes away. The anger of what happened in Batla House will come out in a bad way unless we ask for the authorities to find out the truth,” said Roy.
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According to a Delhi government official, a break-up of the total jobs, including the list of employers and the number of people they hired, will be shared “in a couple of days”. Notably, the government portal was launched by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on July 27, 2020, to help entry-level and blue-collar job seekers connect with employers at a time when the Covid-19 induced lockdown left many people unemployed.
“Manufactures, and start-ups which are working on alternatives to single-use plastic have to pay more GST for raw material. Hence, the Delhi government will write to the Centre and request a reduction in GST rates,” Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said.
Safdarjung, Delhi’s base weather station, recorded 0.1mm of rainfall between 8:30am and 5:30pm on Sunday. The Capital recorded 1.9mm of rainfall on Saturday and 117.2mm on Friday, making the monthly total 119.2mm so far. The normal monthly average for July is 210.6mm, said weather experts.
Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain.