Batla House Encounter Case : Ariz Khan sentenced to death

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Deccanexpress online: New Delhi : Indian Mujaheddin militant Ariz Khan was sentenced to death in the September 2008 Batla House encounter case. The verdict came on Monday and was delivered by a Delhi court. The court called the case ‘rarest of rare’. A fine of Rs 11 lakh has also been imposed on Ariz.

Last week, Ariz Khan, the alleged Indian Mujaheddin terrorist was held guilty of Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma’s death.

Police had sought the death penalty for Khan, saying it was not just any killing but a murder of a law enforcement officer who was a defender of justice. Additional Public Prosecutor A T Ansari, appearing for the police, had said the case attracts exemplary punishment, which is capital punishment.

However, Khan’s counsel had opposed the death penalty.

The court had said on March 8 that it was “duly proved that Ariz Khan and his associates caused murder of police official and fired gunshot on the police official”.

Police’s special cell inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was killed during the 2008 Batla House encounter in Jamia Nagar in south Delhi.

In July 2013, a trial court had sentenced Indian Mujaheddin terrorist Shahzad Ahmed to life imprisonment in connection with the case. His appeal against the verdict has been pending in the high court.

Ariz Khan had fled from the spot and was declared proclaimed offender. He was arrested on February 14, 2018, and faced the trial.


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