Batla House verdict out, court holds Ariz Khan guilty; sentence to be pronounced on March 10

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  • A Delhi court, on Monday, held guilty and convicted Ariz Khan in the Batla House encounter case and said that the prosecution has successfully proved the case. The sentence in the matter will be pronounced on March 10.
  • The judgment was passed by Saket Court’s additional session judge Sandeep Yadav. On Sunday, a production warrant was issued against Ariz Khan, alias Junaid, seeking his presence during the judgment.
  • The judge said that the police ‘duly proved that Ariz Khan and his associates caused the murder of a police officer and fired a gunshot on the police official.
  • According to the Delhi Police, Aziz Khan, who was arrested in February 2018, was present at the spot during the Batla House encounter but managed to escape. Khan is allegedly associated with the banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen’.

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  • The police had said that he was present at the Batla House, along with four other terrorists when the encounter broke out. Two Indian Mujahideen terrorists – Atif Ameen and Mohammad Sajid- were killed in the encounter and even as two others managed to escape. Mohammad Saif and Zeeshan have already been arrested earlier.
  • The operation had taken place a week after serial blasts in Delhi in September 2008. 13 people were killed and over 100 were injured in the serial blasts in the national capital.
  • Shahzad Ahmed, an IM terrorist was awarded life imprisonment in 2013 by a trial court in connection with the Batla House encounter case. His appeal against the verdict is pending in High Court.

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