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Batla House encounter:NHRC clean chit to cops

Press Trust Of India
Jul 22, 2009 at 09:01pm IST

New Delhi: National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) on Wednesday gave clean chit to Delhi Police in Batla House encounter case in which two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists and a decorated police officer were killed last year.

The NHRC, which had conducted inquiry in the case on the direction of the Delhi High Court, said in its report that there has been no violation of human rights by actions of police in which two alleged terrorists were gunned down on September 19, 2008.

"We are clearly of the opinion that having regard to the material placed before us, it cannot be said that there has been any violation of human rights by action of police," the Commission said in its 30-page report submitted in a sealed envelope to the High Court.

VINDICATING A HERO: Mohan Chand Sharma was shot dead in the Batla house encounter last year.

The Commission after conducting the inquiry came to the conclusion that police action was protected by law and there was no human rights violation.

The report filed by the Commission said that the action taken by police in which two persons died "is fully protected by law and there is no need for further inquiry in the case.

"Since there was no violation of human rights, nothing further is required to be done by the Commission,"it said.

"There is ample and sufficient material before us which leads to the conclusion that there was imminent danger to the life of members of police party," the NHRC said.

The High Court had directed the Commission to conduct he inquiry after questions were raised on the conduct of police in the encounter by some NGOs and social activists.

The Court had on May 21 asked the NHRC to complete within two months its inquiry into the controversial encounter case in which Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, an encounter specialist, had succumbed to bullet injuries.

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