13 years after Batla House Encounter, court to give sentence against terrorist Ariz Khan

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Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: March 15, 2021, 11:48 a.m.

Prabhakar Mishra, New Delhi: Today is an important day in the case regarding the Batla House Encounter in Delhi. 

Delhi’s Saket court may pronounce a sentence against Indian Mujahideen terrorist Ariz Khan. Earlier on March 8, the court convicted Ariz Khan under IPC sections 186, 333, 353, 302, 307 and 174A.

After nearly thirteen years of the Batla House Encounter, the sentence of Ariz Khan is going to be pronounced by the Saket court. On the basis of the evidence presented by the Delhi Police, the court had remarked that Ariz Khan, along with his colleagues, had caused great harm to the police.

Ariz Khan is accused of bomb blasts in many places in the country, in which many people have lost their lives. Ariz Khan had fled to Nepal after the blasts and was hiding there under the fake name Salim.

Ariz Khan was arrested by Delhi Police in 2018. Ariz Khan, accused in the 2008 Batla House Encounter case, was arrested from near the India- Nepal border in 2018. Terrorist Ariz Khan has been convicted for the murder of Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Sharma, who had lost his life in the Batla House Encounter. 

In 2008, the investigation went ahead after serial blasts at places like Delhi’s Karol Bagh, Connaught Place, India Gate and during that time police raided Batla House based on intelligence. Terrorist Ariz Khan is originally from Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh.

What is the Batla House Encounter?

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The Batla House Encounter took place on the morning of September 19, 2008 at Batla House in Delhi. Just a week before that on September 13, 2008, there were blasts at 5 places in Delhi. Three live bombs were also found. About 39 people were killed in these five blasts which took place in a span of 50 minutes. 

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police was investigating the blasts. When a team of Special Cell of the Delhi Police reached the third floor of the L-18 building at Batla House, there was an encounter with suspected terrorists of the Indian Mujahideen. The two suspects who died were from Azamgarh. Two were arrested. One was absconding.

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