Fake information, rumours used to label 2008 Batla House encounter staged: ex-IPS officer Karnal Singh

New Delhi, September 23 

Fake information and “street rumours” have been picked up by a bit of politicians, activists and media to color the 2008 Batla House encounter of IM terrorists as staged, retired IPS officer and the then chief of the Delhi Police particular cell Karnal Singh has mentioned.

The 1984-batch officer of the Union Territories cadre has come out with a guide — Batla House: An Encounter that Shook the Nation — on the police operation on September 19, 2008, at home quantity L-18 within the Batla House locality of Jamia Nagar in south Delhi.

The guide has been printed by Rupa Publications.

The officer was spearheading a probe into the 2008 Delhi blasts as the pinnacle or joint commissioner of police of the elite particular cell that was raised particularly to undertake counterterrorism operations. 

Leads from the blast probe led the particular cell to Batla House the place Indian Mujahideen terrorists have been holed-up. 

A gunbattle broke between the policemen, who went for reconnaissance, and the terrorists through which particular cell Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma misplaced his life, whereas two terrorists have been eradicated. 

Singh, who retired in 2018 because the Director of the Enforcement Directorate, spoke to PTI on the operation, seen as some of the politicised police encounters of the nation.

“There was a notion constructed across the Batla House encounter by disseminating pretend information,” Singh mentioned.  

“Many politicians, activists and media homes picked up avenue rumours with none fact-checking.”  

“For example, some alleged that Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma died due to three bullets fired at his back by his teammates and they also alleged that the terrorist did not fire at all. The post-mortem report clearly stated that Mohan had got two bullet injuries from the front and not back,” he mentioned. 

Doctors on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences carried out the autopsy of the 2 terrorists additionally and picked up their hand wash and despatched it to the forensic science laboratory for dermal nitrate take a look at to conclude if that they had fired or not, Singh mentioned. 

“The test for the terrorists came out to be positive indicating clearly that both the terrorists had fired on the police team,” he mentioned.

“Fake news circulation did create an obstacle but only for a short while. All the facts, evidences and investigations proved the authenticity of the encounter.”

“This case has been through multiple scrutiny from diverse and independent agencies and the truth has stood strong through the test of time, patience and adverse perceptions. Our turning point was when a few people who had earlier believed in fake news were open to factual accounts,” the officer mentioned, replying to a query on the upheavals they confronted after the encounter. 

Singh, who additionally headed the Financial Intelligence Unit of the nation for a quick interval, mentioned media reportage of delicate investigations is a really accountable job.

“The communication between the investigating agencies and the media about the ongoing investigation is a very delicate issue…transparent communication has to be followed with responsibility and accountability towards the nation and its citizens,” he mentioned.

Asked in regards to the motivation of the IM terrorists to perpetrate a number of blasts within the nation, Singh mentioned their probe discovered the terrorists have been impressed by Osama bin Laden and that they might discuss faith at size.

“Through the evidence, we found on their electronic devices, we know that they were inspired by Osama Bin Laden’s speeches. We found presentations, motivational songs and videos calling out to more people to join their mission.”  

“There were photographs of bombs placed in the shape of IM. We learnt that most of them were introduced to IM through their friends or acquaintances,” he mentioned.

They (the IM terrorists) would focus on faith at size. Over time, they have been radicalised and recruited by means of the idea that they needed to avenge the alleged atrocities on Muslims by the remainder of the world, Singh mentioned. 

He added that “a few IM terrorists escaped to Pakistan and Dubai after the Batla House encounter.”  

“There isn’t any details about them if they’re alive or lifeless.”

“Terror-related investigations are tough and complicated as items of proof are usually not simply accessible and connecting every dot takes an incredible quantity of labor by all the crew.”

“The toughest thing to do is to find that one definitive lead that unravels the tracks which are meticulously covered by the terrorists. We could find that lead due to relentless investigative work done by my team, cooperation and knowledge sharing with Gujarat Police, Mumbai Police, Intelligence Bureau and testimonies of two eyewitnesses of the bomb blasts,” he mentioned.

He mentioned the relations of the policemen, particularly those that work in models like a particular cell, make large private sacrifices and contribution in order that they will “bring their best” to work day-after-day.

The officer mentioned there needs to be a political consensus within the nation to cope with inside safety and terrorism, and pointers needs to be framed for the conduct of each individual throughout such a state of affairs.”There needs to be pointers for safety and investigative companies, residents, politicians and media individuals that spotlight the roles and tasks which should be adhered to throughout an lively investigation and after it’s concluded.

The guide particulars as to why the police crew that raided Batla House didn’t put on bulletproof jackets and likewise mentions how the then prime minister Manmohan Singh praised Singh and his crew for doing job. —PTI 

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