Batla House encounter case sentencing today

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New Delhi, July 29: A Delhi court is set to pronounce the sentence in the 2008 Batla House encounter case on Monday. The lone arrested in the case, Shahzad Ahmed, was convicted last week of killing inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, who was leading the operation.

Seven officers of Delhi Police stormed an apartment building in Batla House in Jamia Nagar in the capital, alleging the presence of Indian Mujahideen terrorists there.

Two suspected militants were shot dead along with Sharma, the leader of the police team. Shahzad was arrested a year-and-half later from his village in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. The fourth member managed to flee. Shahzad's passport was found in the flat at Batla House.

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Media outside the Saket District Court after the verdict on Batla house encounter case in New Delhi.

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A Delhi court on Thursday convicted Shahzad Ahmed in 2008 Batla House encounter case.

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Officials of the speccial cell of the Delhi Police at the stairs of Batla House during the encounter in New Delhi in Sep 2008. A Delhi court on Thursday ruled that the encounter was genuine and convicted lone suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Shahzad Ahmed of killing Delhi police inspector MC Sharma.

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A Delhi court on Thursday ruled that the encounter was genuine and convicted lone suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Shahzad Ahmed of killing Delhi police inspector MC Sharma.

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Police and residents during the Batla House encounter in New Delhi in Sep 2008. A Delhi court on Thursday ruled that the encounter was genuine and convicted lone suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Shahzad Ahmed of killing Delhi police inspector MC Sharma.

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Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma who was killed during the Batla House encounter in New Delhi in Sep 2008. A Delhi court on Thursday ruled that the encounter was genuine and convicted lone suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Shahzad Ahmed of killing Delhi police inspector Sharma.

A controversy broke out after the encounter when politicians and activists alleged that the encounter was a staged one and Inspector Sharma was killed in 'inter-departmental rivalry'. It was said that he was not wearing a bullet-proof vest while taking on suspected terrorists.

The court took a dig at the police for putting up an unprofessional show while handling the operation but also said that the inspector was killed by bullets fired by the alleged militants and not from the police team.

The Batla House encounter took place after the serial blasts in Delhi that year, in which over 26 people were killed and several injured.

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