Jamia Millia teachers’ body, various civil rights groups
and student organizations will hold a protest demonstration at the
head office of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in New
Delhi today evening to register their anger over the Commission’s
enquiry report on the Batla House encounter.
truth and justice, we reject the National Human Rights Commission's
(NHRC) partisan conclusions,” said the statement signed by these
organizations released yesterday.
Solidarity Group (JTSG), All India Students’ Association (AISA) and
Association for the Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) call for a
protest demonstration against what they called as the NHRC’s
farcical ‘Enquiry’ into the
Batla House ‘Encounter’, said the statement.
The demonstration will be held at the
headquarters of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) located
Faridkot House, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi at 4 pm today.
The NHRC in its
report has given a clean chit to the Delhi Police in the Batla House
encounter case, saying that the police opened fire in self-defence
and thus there was no violation of any human rights. The rights
groups have termed the encounter a fake one since the day one.
People of Azamgarh will also be
demonstrating outside the District Magistrate’s office today against
the NHRC report. People from several parts of the town specially
from Sarai Meer and Sanjarpur areas – Sajid and Atif’s villages, the
two who were killed in the encounter will assemble at the
collector’s office today on Friday holding placards demanding
judicial enquiry into the encounter.
India Muslim Majlis-E-Mushawarat (AIMMM) and Rashtriya Ulama
Council, the body formed after the Batla House encounter too joined
the rejection bandwagon and demanded proper investigations into the
hasty NHRC report seems to be solely based on police briefing and
papers offered by the police which have been denied to relatives of
the encounter victims", said AIMMM president Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan
in his statement released last night.
"There is no
indication that the commission bothered to contact relatives of the
victims or residents of the area where the infamous encounter took
place or the civil society organisations which conducted
fact-finding about the event and expressed serious misgivings about
the police version. Moreover, the NHRC did not deign to even
acknowledge many representations made by the relatives of the
victims sent to the commission by post", Dr. Khan said.
"As such, we
reject this suspect and one-sided report and stick to our demand for
a proper judicial enquiry into the incident which led to the murder
of two young students and to the arrest of dozens of youngmen
ostensibly to justify and cover up the murder by people in khaki",
In his statement
National president of Rashtriya Ulama Council Maulana Aamir Rashadi
Madni said, "The report is wrong and the timing of its publication
when people were describing the encounter as fake exposes the
intention of the government."