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Batla House encounter: Delhi police gets clean chit from NHRC

Last updated on: July 22, 2009 18:40 IST

The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday gave a clean chit to the Delhi police in the Batla House encounter case, in which two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists and a police officer were killed last year.

The NHRC, which had conducted an inquiry in the case on the direction of the Delhi High Court, said in its report that there has been no violation of human rights by the actions of the police, in which two alleged terrorists were gunned down on September 19, 2008.

"We are clearly of the opinion that having regard to the material placed before us, it cannot be said that there has been any violation of human rights by the action of police," the commission said in its 30-page report submitted in a sealed envelope to the high court.

The commission, after conducting the inquiry, came to the conclusion that the police action was protected by law and there was no human rights violation.

The report filed by the commission said that the action taken by the police in which two persons died "is fully protected by law and there is no need for further inquiry in the case. Since there was no violation of human rights, nothing further is required to be done by the commission."

"There is ample and sufficient material before us which leads to the conclusion that there was imminent danger to the life of members of the police party," the NHRC said.

The high court had directed the commission to conduct the inquiry after questions were raised on the conduct of police in the encounter by some non-governmental organisations and social activists.

The court had on May 21, asked the NHRC to complete within two months its inquiry into the controversial encounter case, in which Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, an encounter specialist, had succumbed to bullet injuries.

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