Jamia Nagar encounter: public refutes police claims

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net

New Delhi: The Special Cell of the Delhi Police today killed two Muslim youths, suspected to be associated with the shadowy terrorist organization Indian Mujahideen, in an encounter at Jamia Nagar area.

While the police arrested one, other two escaped from the scene, claimed the police.

It was around 10:30 am when the police reached House No. L-18, near Khalilullah Masjid in Batala House area under Jamia Nagar Police Station. They cordoned the house and the adjoining area and asked the residents of a flat on the fourth floor of the building. But in response firing started from the flat and the police responded in the same coin and two persons were killed, said the police.

People in the neighbourhood have some other story. They say the operation started in the wee hours of Thursday and around 10 the encounter took place. They deny that there was any crossfire. They also deny there was any announcement by the police.

While the police is highlighting the bullet injury of a police officer of the Special Cell, they are saying little about the suspected people killed and escaped. No information has been given about the person who was arrested from the flat.

The locals also refute the police claim that two suspects fled from the scene. They say it is impossible to escape from the fourth floor flat as it is attached with other buildings and the police had cordoned off the entire area.

When this correspondent reached the site the entire Batala House was turned into a security zone. Scores of TV channels were there and the police was not allowing the mediamen to reach the building.

Neither the suspects killed nor one arrested were shown to the media. The Special Cell officers sped away with the bodies and the arrested person.

As the building is a few meters away from Khalilullah Masjid, the word went round that encounter is taking place at the mosque and in an hour thousands of people have gathered there.

Several locals were furious that the whole design was to tarnish the image of Muslims and Jamia Millia Islamia University. It is believed that those people described as suspected terrorists were JMI students. And all of them were from Azamgarh.

It should be noted that on Thursday, the Gujarat Police had brought Abu Bashar, alleged mastermind of the Ahmedabad serial blasts, to identify the places he stayed and the persons he met. Abu Bashar is from Azamgarh.

They brought him to Zakir Nagar and Abul Fazl Enclave. They detained many people for questioning.

They took him to Abul Fazl Enclave area and arrested Md. Rashid, a Ph.D. student of Jamia Millia Islami, from C-81.

When DCP South Delhi asked whether these suspects were involved in the Delhi blasts, he declined to comment.

When he was asked how huge quantity of arms and ammunition were smuggled to the building while the police and Special Cell sleuths were conducting combing operations in entire Delhi, again he had no answer.