Batla House Encounter: Congress distances itself from Digvijaya’s remarks

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Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh

Congress on 25 May distanced itself from party leader Digvijaya Singh’s claims on 2008 Batla House encounter, saying it was not a fake encounter and, therefore, there was no need to sensationalise the same.

On 24 May, he had asked the central government to order a judicial probe into 2008 encounter at Batla House in Delhi in which two suspected terrorists and a police officer were killed.

“The encounter was fake. I challenge the BJP to conduct a judicial probe into it. I still stand by my remarks,” said Singh.

While this was so, advocate and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told ANI, “The party’s stand on the encounter is clear. We maintain Batla House was not a fake encounter. There is no point of calling individual statements.”

The Delhi High Court and the National Human Rights Commission too have observed it was not a fake encounter. “The Centre’s stand then and now too is the same. Therefore, I think there is no need to sensationalise it,” he added.

The encounter, which took place during the former UPA regime, came into prominence recently after an alleged ISIS operative claimed that he had fled Batla House right before the police raided it.