According to sources, A Delhi court on Monday convicted alleged Indian Mujahideen terrorist Ariz Khan in the 2008 Batla House encounter case. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced by the Saket Court on March 15.
Delhi Court held guilty and convicted Ariz Khan in Batla House encounter case; says the prosecution has successfully proved the case— ANI (@ANI) March 8, 2021
Ariz Khan was arrested by the Delhi Police's Special Cell in February 2018, a decade after allegedly being on the run. On September 19, 2008, the Special Cell of Delhi Police carried out an encounter in Jamia Nagar's Batla House, in which two suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists were killed.
The suspected IM operatives were said to have been involved in the serial bomb blasts that took place in Delhi six days before the encounter. Encounter specialist and Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, who spearheaded the police action, was also killed during the operation.
Delhi Police stated that Ariz Khan was present at Batla House, along with four others, but he managed to escape during the encounter.
Of the five men residing in the apartment in Batla House, Mohammed Sajid and Atif Amin were killed during the encounter, Junaid and Shahzad Ahmad fled and were caught years later, while Mohammad Saif surrendered to the police.
A trial court had, in July 2013, sentenced Indian Mujahideen terrorist Shahzad Ahmed to life imprisonment in connection with the case.
Batla House encounter took place a week after five serial blasts on 13 September 2008 that hit Delhi in which at least 30 people were killed and over 100 injured.
The killing of Atif Amin, who was the chief bomber of the Indian Mujahideen, had dealt a severe blow to the group, which earlier been blamed for terror attacks between 2007 and 2009, in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Surat, and Faizabad, according to investigating agencies.