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Batla House 'Encounter'

The recent revelations by the Central Bureau of Investigation to the S essions Court that the Special Cell had falsely implicated two Muslim youths, I rshad Ali and Mohammad Qamar as Al-Badr terrorists raises serious questions over the methods and motives of the S pecial Cell.

What is most startling is the fact that a majority of the Special Cell team also led the charge on L-18, Batla House on 19 September. Given their now proven past record of indulging in falsehoods, m anufacturing evidence where none e xists, and framing innocents as terrorists, the need for an enquiry into the Batla House “encounter” is all the more urgent. The Special Cell’s bloodied history has been marked by fake encounters (Ansal Plaza, Millennium Park, etc) and gross v iolations of procedures laid down by the National Human Rights Commission. No democracy can survive by glorifying such killers and murderers by bestowing gallantry awards on them.

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