Court acquits 7 men `branded as terrorists` by Delhi Police

Delhi Police was left red-faced when a court here ordered release of seven persons "branded as terrorists" and remarked that the encounter story plotted by the police in this regard was "carefully scripted in office".

Last Updated: Feb 09, 2011, 15:37 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi Police was left red-faced
when a court here ordered release of seven persons "branded as terrorists" and remarked that the encounter story plotted by
the police in this regard was "carefully scripted in office".

Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat acquitted Saqib
Rehman, Bashir Ahmed Shah, Nazir Ahmed Sofi, Hazi Gulam
Moinuddin Dar, Abdul Majid Bhat, Abdul Qayoom Khan and
Birender Kumar Singh who were arrested by the Delhi Police
officials after a "fake encounter" in July 2005 here.

"The encounter alleged to have been taken place on the
intervening night of July 1-2, 2005, did not take place at all
and an absolutely fake encounter has been projected.

"The story of the encounter was carefully scripted in
the office of Special Staff, Delhi Police, Dhaula Kuan, by its
main author Sub Inspector Ravinder Tyagi with the assistance
of sub inspectors Nirakar, Charan Singh and Mahender Singh,"
the ASJ said recently.

The prosecution told the court that accused Saqib Rehman,
Nazir Ahmed Sofi, Gulam Moinuddin Dar and Bashir Ahmed Shah
were arrested following a gunfight near Gurgaon-Delhi road on
July 1, 2005.
The Delhi Police said these four accused were in a car
and on being asked to stop, they tried to flee and the police
team overtook them and they were made to stop.

The prosecution said that the accused opened fire on the
police team and after encounter, they were arrested by the
police team and an army combat uniform, fake currency of Rs
50,000 and sketch of Palam Air Force station was recovered
from their possession.

In its chargesheet, police claimed the accused persons
disclosed that they were working on the directions of
Pakistan`s spy agency ISI.
Police further claimed that after the interrogation of
the four, they arrested three others and recovered huge amount
of fake currency notes, an AK-47 assault rifle, several
magazines, cartridges and hand grenades from them.

All the accused, however, claimed innocence before the
court and said they have been falsely implicated in the case.

Accused Gulam Moinuddin Dar submitted to the court that
he was involved in anti-militancy operations in Kashmir Valley
and was instrumental in surrender of various militants before
the police, but was falsely implicated in this case.

Bureau Report