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BJP protest Batla encounter after IS link surfaces

BJP leaders and workers on Monday staged a protest near Congress headquarters here, demanding an apology from Sonia Gandhi and her party leaders on their statements over the Batla House encounter issue.

BJP protest Batla encounter after IS link surfaces
Police spray water cannon to disperse BJP members during a protest against Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi

‘After the latest revelation that terrorists involved in Batla House shoot-out have IS links, the BJP demanded that the Congress president and her associates should apologise to the nation,” said Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay who led the demonstration. The protesters including party MPs Ramesh Bidhuri, Udit Raj, Meenakshi Lekhi and Vijay Goel were stopped by police near 24 Akbar Road, headquarters of Congress. 

Several protesters were detained when they tried to dismantle the barricades. They were later taken to Parliament Street police station. Last week, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh had stoked a controversy after he dubbed the 2008 Batla House encounter as ‘fake’. 

He asked the Central government to order a judicial probe into the encounter in which two suspected terrorists and a police officer were killed. “Batla House encounter was fake. I dare the BJP to go for a judicial probe. I still stand by my remarks on the encounter. I don’t know who is Bada Sajid or Chhota Sajid,” Singh had said.

BJP has latched onto an IS video where one of the men claimed that he was at Batla House when police had raided the premises and fled afterwards. However, it was not clear whether he was inside the same house where the two alleged Indian Mujahideen militants were killed in the encounter. 

The NIA had said it was in the process of identifying all the six people who were part of the 22-minute video.

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