Harleen Kaur Grewal

New Delhi, March 08, 2021: Delhi’s Saket Court has convicted terrorist Ariz Khan who was involved in the 2008 Batla House Encounter case. The court said that the prosecution was successful in proving the presence of Ariz alias Junaid on the occasion. The court has fixed March 15 for the verdict of the conviction.

According to the information, Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, who was posted in the Special Cell of Delhi Police at the 2008 Batla House encounter, was killed in the shooting of the terrorists, and two other policemen were injured. On September 19, 2008, 44-year-old Mohan Chand Sharma was hit by three bullets while catching five suspected terrorists hiding in Batla House in South Delhi. He later died in a hospital during treatment.

The court today convicted Ariz Khan on charges of murder, attempt to murder, assault on government employees, obstructing the work of a government employee, severely wounding a government official, including the Arms Act. The court has directed the investigating officer to provide information about the family, the social and economic conditions of the martyred Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma of the Special Cell of Delhi Police, and the two injured policemen. The court has said that accordingly compensation will be considered for the families of the victims.

Earlier in 2013, Shahzad Ahmed, a terrorist, was sentenced in this case. During the Batla House encounter, the two managed to escape, while their three companions Atif Amen, Mohammad Saif, and Mohammad Sajid were killed in a crossfire.

Who is Ariz Khan?

Significantly, Ariz Khan is the main conspirator in the 2008 blasts in Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, and UP courts. 165 people were killed and 535 injured in these blasts. At that time, a red corner notice was issued against him through Interpol. Ariz Khan alias Junaid hailing from Azamgarh was arrested by the Special Cell team in February 2018.