Batla House encounter genuine, says Chidambaram

Batla House encounter  genuine, says Chidambaram

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday categorically dismissed Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s long-standing  claim that  the Batla House police encounter in Delhi  was "fake".

The home minister  said the  gun fight between security forces and terrorists in Delhi  on September 9, 2008 was  “genuine” and there was no scope for reopening the case.

A Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chandra Sharma and two alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM)  terrorists were killed in the encounter. While two other alleged IM terrorists were arrested, another fled the scene

“After looking into the matter, after I took over as Home Minister, we came to the conclusion that the encounter was a genuine encounter,” Chidambaram said.

The minister was responding to Singh's remarks in Azamgarh on Wednesday  when he claimed to believe that the Batla House encounter was "fake."

 The Home Minister said he respected his Singh's view.

“But every authority who has looked into it (the case), has agreed that it was a genuine encounter. So, while there is a difference of opinion, I think the matter rests where it stands today. I don't think there is any scope for reopening that matter,” Chidambaram said.

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