Cong against judicial probe into Batla House encounter

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New Delhi, Oct 5 (UNI) The Congress today rejected the Samajwadi Party's demand for a judicial inquiry into the September 19 Batla House encounter.

''We are not asking for a judicial probe,'' Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan told reporters.

''Any misgiving (about the encounter) will be addressed by the Government,'' she said.

On Saturday, SP General Secretary Amar Singh had visited the Batla House locality and aired the demand for a judicial probe and also asked for the resignation of Home Minister Shivraj Patil for allegedly mishandling the issue.

He said the encounter, which left two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists and a police inspector dead, proved to be fake, and his party could reconsider its support to the UPA government.

The Congress spokesperson termed the recent blasts, including the one in Malegaon in Maharashtra, matter of grave concern.

''We are for zero tolerence against terrorists,'' she said.


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