Jamia Nagar encounter ''riddled with holes'': PUDR, Janhastakshep

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New Delhi, Sep 26 (UNI) A fact-finding team comprising eminent lawyers, academicians and civil rights activists who conducted a spot study of the September 19 Jamia Nagar police encounter, has said the police version of the incident was ''riddle with holes'' and sought an inquiry by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court into the entire episode.

A report prepared by the team consisting of representatives of Janhastakshep (A People's Intervention Group) and People's Union of Democratic Rights (PUDR), which was released here last evening questioned the Delhi Police's claims that those arrested and killed in Jamia Nagar were masterminds of various serial blasts in the country.

A succession of organisations such as the HUJI, SIMI and the IM have already been held responsible by police of different States for the blasts in Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Delhi and the bomb scare in Surat.

''How come Atif suddenly becomes the new mastermind of all the blasts after a succession of other masterminds such as Abu Bashir, Tauqeer among others. His name was not included in the sketches of the Delhi Bombers released by the police,'' Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan said while briefing mediapersons.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has also issued notice to Delhi Police seeking a report on the September 19 Batla House encounter at Jamia Nagar.

Preliminary Conclusions by Janhastakshep convenor Dr N D Bhattacharya said, the claim of police that they had learnt the involvement of these youths behind the Delhi Blasts, just before the time of their arrest, is clearly false.

In that case, Inspector Mohan Sharma and his team from the Special Cell would not have entered the premises at all, and certainly not without bullet proof vests, Mr Bhattacharya said.

''The Police version of two people escaping from the building is quite unbelievable given the location of the building and police cordoning off the area,'' Mr Prashant Bhushan said.

The subsequent picking up of Zia ur Rahman, son of the building's caretaker, and of Shakeel and others on the pretext that they were also involved in this conspiracy ''is highly dubious and smacks of vindictiveness against individuals who came out with statements and evidence that contradicted the police version'', the report said.

Saquib Nisar, who the police claim provided logistical support for the serial blasts in Ahmedabad and the bomb scare in Surat, was taking an MBA examination from July 23 to July 28, 2008. Copies of his admit card and exam sheets signed by the examiners are available, the report added.

PUDR and Janhastakshep, which have sent a joint memorandum and their report to the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, demanded that random arrests and harassment of residents of Jamia Nagar and students of Jamia University since the Delhi blasts and particularly after the alleged encounter must stop immediately.

Both the organisations said It was very unfortunate and disquieting that significant sections of the mainstream media, particularly the electronic media, has been uncritically amplifying the successive absurd stories and concoctions of the police, built only on supposed confessions made before the Police.

This has been encouraging rapid communalisation and polarisation of the Indian society, the report added.


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