Encouraged by the probe report terming
Ishrat killing as a case of 'fake encounter', Jamia Teachers'
Solidarity Association backed by human right activist in an attempt
to pressurise the government for Judicial probe into the Batla House
encounter has filed an online petition.
Stating that Narendra Modi or BJP
governments are not alone when it comes to such encounters and
minority witch-hunts in the name of ‘fighting terrorism’, the
petition says, "Arbitrary killings and arrests of Muslim youth and
their implication in false cases continue unabated across the
country in state after state ruled by constituents of both the UPA
and the NDA."
The online petition addressed to the
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is filed by Jamia Teachers'
Solidarity Association, the group at the forefront of the movement
for judicial probe into the Batla House encounter.
The special cell of the Delhi police
has killed two Azamgarh youths on September 19, last year in the
encounter claiming they were operatives of the terrorist
Quoting form Civil right activists
reports that had pointed out loopholes in the police version and the
photographic evidence of the dead bodies showing external injuries,
the petition asks, "If indeed, as the Delhi Police claims, the boys
fired upon the police party, and were killed in return fire, how was
it that there were injury marks on the bodies?"
The petition claims that bullet
injuries on the forehead of 17-year-old Sajid indicates that he had
been shot while being forced to squat or kneel.
Urging the Prime Minister to institute
a Judicial Probe, under a sitting judge of the Supreme Court to
verify the truth behind the Batla House encounter, the petition
says, "In the light of recent revelations from Gujarat in the case
of Ishrat Jehan we believe that it is only appropriate, ethical, and
legally incumbent upon the UPA government to re-open the Batla House
encounter case. We strongly feel that the truth must come out in the
Batla House encounter in the interests of justice and as a deterrent
to the politics of murder indulged in by sections of the Indian
Earlier, Lt. Governor of Delhi refused
to allow a magisterial enquiry into the encounter. Also, a probe
report by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has given
clean chit to the Delhi police for the Batla House encounter.
Parents of the slain Azamgarh boys and human and civil rights
activists however rejected the NHRC report claiming the commission
prepared the report without bothering to visit the spot and taking
views of the neighbours, rights groups and the parents.
Link to the Petition: