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Batla case: Minority panel for judicial probe

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 20:10

New Delhi: Bihar`s minority commission on Tuesday lambasted the central and the Delhi governments for not ordering a judicial enquiry into the controversial Batla House
encounter, saying it reflected their insincerity.

In his address at the conference of state minority
commissions, the Chairman of the Bihar Minority Commission
Naushad Ahmed said investigations into the September 21, 2008
encounter at Batla House by the National Human Rights
Commission and the "difference" in police statement and
evidences suggested that the encounter was "fake".

Two youths had been killed in the encounter and the rest
arrested on the basis of their alleged involvement in blasts
in Delhi, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.

"A number of organisations and political parties demanded
judicial enquiry into the occurrence but the central
government and Delhi government did not do so because, there
was something fishy and it is an obvious proof of insincerity
of the said governments," Ahmed said.

He said on the contrary, Bihar government immediately
ordered an enquiry into the Forbesganj police firing in which
four persons of the minority community were gunned down in the
state in an unfortunate incident.

Referring to the arrest of an alleged Indian Mujahiddin
Kafil Ahmad `motivator` by Delhi police from Darbhanga, the
state minority panel chief said he was an "ordinary cycle
repairer" who resided in a small room of a Madarsa.

He alleged that the entire action in this case was taken
"without any investigation and without permission of Bihar
police. This shameful act of Delhi police has upset all
sections particularly the minority community in Bihar."

Ahmad also raised the issue of inadequate representation
of minorities in polie services.


First Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 20:10

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