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Delhi Court convicts IM member, Ariz Khan for murdering Delhi Police inspector, Mohan Chand Sharma at Batla House

The judge said that it has been proved that the IM member, Ariz Khan and his associates are only responsible for the murder of the police official by firing gunshot.

Delhi Court convicts IM member, Ariz Khan for murdering Delhi Police inspector, Mohan Chand Sharma at Batla House

The court convicted the accused under various provisions of IPC and under Section 27 of the Arms Act.

The much debated Batla House gunbattle was back in court during which one Delhi policeman lost his life and two terrorists were killed, and ended with the court convicting the accused and alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) member, Ariz Khan. 

A New Delhi Court convicted Ariz Khan on Monday who is allegedly related to the fear outfit Indian Mujahideen, for murdering Delhi police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma concerning 2008 Batla House encounter which was questioned by certain political parties and leaders. Additional Sessions Judge, Sandeep Yadav said that the evidence identified on record by prosecution including ocular evidence, documentary evidence and scientific evidence leaves no manner of doubt that prosecution in the instance case has successfully proved the charges framed against the accused beyond any reasonable doubt, holding that it had been an open and shut case.

The incident gained haul in political discussion because it was a matter involving national security and politicians used polarising language and that made matters worse. The encounter also formed the basis of an action thriller movie titled with the same name and directed by Nikkhil Advani. The star cast of the movie included John Abraham and Mrunal Thakur.

"The evidence produced by the prosecution duly proved the case beyond reasonable doubts," Sandeep Yadav, Additional Sessions Judge, who convicted Khan said on Monday.

Several protest rallies were organized against it by teachers and students of Jamia Millia Islamia University after the encounter of September 19, 2008.

When the Congress leader, Digvijay Singh, voiced his suspicions over the police claims about the encounter, the judgment gained more importance. Not only this, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had also demanded a judicial inquiry into the matter. The National Human Rights Commission(NHRC), gave a clean chit to Delhi Police to conduct an inquiry in the case on the direction of the Delhi High Court.

Atif Ameen and Mohammad Sajid were two suspected terrorists who were killed earlier while the two other suspects, Mohammad Saif and Zeeshan were arrested.

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