Azamgarh/ New Delhi: As Rahul Gandhi faced protests in Azamgarh on the issue of Batla House encounter, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Wednesday again raked up the incident saying it was "fake".
He said he always believed that Batla House encounter was
fake and had tried to get Government and the Home Ministry to
investigate the matter but could not succeed.
"The Prime Minister and Home Minister were of the view
that the encounter was true. That`s why I did not not press it
further," Singh said in Azamgar from where a number of youth
were arrested in terror cases, including the Delhi bomb
Activists of Ulema Council staged demonstrations in
front of the Sibli College where Congress General Secretary
Rahul Gandhi was staying.
The activists staged a demonstration, raised slogans and
burnt an effigy in front of the Sibli College gate this
morning, police said.
"We had already warned that if Rahul comes to Azamgarh
without an inquiry into Batla House shootout, he would not be
allowed to enter," Ulama Council President Aamir Rashadi said.
Gandhi, who is on a visit to eastern Uttar Pradesh ahead
of UP Assembly polls scheduled to be held in February, was
staying at the college guest house last night.
In New Delhi, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari,
however, refused to react on Singh`s comments maintaining that
the party has already expressed its views on the issue
repeatedly and has nothing more to say on it.
Congress has in past distanced itself from Singh`s
remarks on the Batla House encounter.