Batla House encounter: IM suspect Shahzad Ahmed gets life sentence
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A court in Delhi awarded life sentence to the lone suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Shahzad Ahmed who was convicted in the 2008 Batla House encounter for killing decorated police officer M C Sharma and injuring two other cops.
Shahzad was also fined Rs 95,000 of which Rs 40,000 would be paid to family of slain inspector M C Sharma and Rs 20,000 to injured cop Balwant.
During the arguments on the point of sentence, Special Public Prosecutor Satwinder Kaur had sought death penalty for Shahzad saying there are no mitigating circumstances in this case and the convict was involved in several heinous crimes.
"One senior police officer (Inspector M C Sharma) was killed and two other officers (head constables Balwant Singh and Rajbir Singh) were injured while performing their duty," she said.
Shahzad's advocate Satish Tamta had said death sentence can be awarded only in rarest-of-rare cases and this one did not fall under that category.
On July 25, Shahzad was convicted for the offences of murder, attempting to cause death and various other provisions of the IPC and the Arms Act.
The court had also found him guilty of assaulting police officers and obstructing them from doing their duty.
Without questioning the genuiness of the encounter, the Additional Sessions Judge had said that instead of assisting the raiding team which had arrived at Flat 108, L-18, Batla House, the occupants, including Shahzad, had fired at it.
The raiding team of Special Cell of Delhi Police had arrived at the flat to arrest its occupants in connection with the September 13, 2008 serial blasts after it received information that some terrorists were holed up there.