Six years have gone by but the stigma of the infamous Batla House encounter still haunts residents of the largely Muslim-dominated locality in the heart of South Delhi, who also have been grappling with a range of issues like lack of proper roads, water supply and other necessities.
The childhood friendship which developed during the school days between top IM operatives Asadullah Akhtar and Mohd Atif Ameen played a major role in the 2008 serial blasts here, a Delhi court was told on Thursday.
The Delhi High Court on Friday sought the response of police on an appeal filed by Shahzad Ahmed against his conviction in the 2008 Batla House encounter case for killing decorated police officer Inspector MC Sharma.
Suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist Shahzad Ahmad, convicted in the 2008 Batla House encounter case, was on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court, which said the case does not fall under the rarest of rare category warranting death penalty.
The prosecution has sought death penalty for the lone convict and Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Shahzad Ahmad in the 2008 Batla House shootout case, saying it was a "rarest of rare case". The final verdict by a Delhi court will come Tuesday.