शनिवार, 18 सितंबर 2010

Batla Encounter: Mysterious even at 2nd anniversary

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,

New Delhi: Tomorrow is September 19. Two years ago a bloody police encounter took place on the same day in Batla House area of Jamia Nagar – a Muslim ghetto in South Delhi. Two young boys from Azamgarh and a Delhi police inspector were killed. The incident is still a mystery, thanks to official gagging.
The latest in the gag regime on since the day one has come from Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre of All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. The centre has refused to disclose information cnosidered crucial to lid off the mystery.
In written reply to an RTI petition by eminent activist Afroz Alam Sahil, the trauma centre on said photographs and videography taken during autopsy of Atif Ameen, Mohd Sajid and Mohan Chand Sharma, as well as sample and specimen related to their postmortem and forensic reports cannot be given. Citing RTI Act 2005 sections 8(g) and 8(h) the centre also refused to provide analysis of autopsy report of Inspector MC Sharma. The centre said this when the petitioner asked why Sharma’s autopsy report has no detail while the one of Atif and Sajid has minute details.

Comprising 11 questions Afroz had sent the application on 25th August 2010 and he got the reply on 7th September. Interestingly, in response to many questions the centre asked the petitioner to move to Jamia Nagar Police Station for the required information. Like regarding the Forensic report of clothes of the three persons Atif, Sajid and Sharma, the trauma centre, where the autopsy was carried out, asked the applicant to contact Jamia Nagar Police Station.
Similarly, in reply to another RTI petition related to the case, the trauma centre refused to share information.
Regarding the final consolidated opinion given by Dr. Dogra to the Crime Branch, Delhi Police, details of meeting of the Board constituted for the above purpose, Medico-legal Certificate of H.C.Balwant Singh and Injury report by him, the centre cited the same RTI sections.
This is not the first time that authorities have denied sharing information on the Batla encounter. Afroz had to struggle for one and half years for the post mortem report of the three which NHRC released last year in March. The autopsy report had exposed how the two youths were beaten up hard object before bullets were pumped in them.
After the encounter the duo was declared suspected terrorists involved in the Delhi serial blasts. About two dozen people were arrested from Jamia Nagar and Azamgarh in connection with the blasts as well as Batla case. The trial in the blast has started though at slow pace.

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