Terrorist Arrested From Batla House Gets Delhi HC Reprieve, Death Sentence Changed To Life Term
New Delhi, October 12 (TNA) The Delhi High Court (HC) on Thursday converted the death sentence awarded to terrorist Ariz Khan of the Batla House Encounter Case into life imprisonment. This now means that Ariz Khan, convicted in the 2008 Batla House encounter case, will not be hanged. Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma had lost his life in this encounter. The court however upheld the conviction.
The Delhi High Court announced its verdict regarding the death sentence of terrorist Ariz Khan, convicted by the Saket court in the Batla House encounter case. The trial court had sentenced Khan to death for the murder of Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma.
Story of Batla House Encounter
There were serial bomb blasts in Delhi on 13 September 2008. 26 people were killed in the blast, while 133 were injured. Delhi Police had found in the investigation that the bomb blast was carried out by the terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen. Delhi Police, which is investigating the case, received information on September 19 that Indian Mujahideen terrorists were present in Batla House in Jamia Nagar.
When the team led by Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma reached the hideout of the terrorists, firing was done on the police team. Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was shot by the terrorists and was martyred. Two terrorists were also killed in the encounter. Other terrorists Ariz Khan alias Junaid and Shahzad Ahmed alias Pappu had escaped and were later arrested by the police.