Batla House case: Court awards death penalty to convicted Ariz Khan

Arij Khan, convicted for the murder of Delhi Police Inspector MC Sharma in the Batla House encounter case, has been sentenced to death.

A Delhi court last week convicted Ariz Khan in the case, where police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma and two alleged terrorists were killed.

The 35-year-old Khan was arrested by the Special Cell of the city police in February 2018 after 10 years of absconding. According to police, Khan was allegedly present at the crime scene of the encounter with four other alleged terrorists, but managed to escape from the spot.

On 28 April 2010, the police filed a charge sheet against Shehzad Ahmed, Ariz Khan (then on the run), Atif Amin and Mohammad Sajid, alleging the murder of Inspector Sharma on 19 September 2008, six days into the serial blast. Capital.

Police have alleged that Khan was an expert bomb maker and is accused of planning and carrying out serial blasts in six Indian cities including Delhi between November 2007 and September 2008. 165 people were killed and 536 injured in those blasts, with police saying the time of his arrest.

The incident (encounter) took place a week after the five serial blasts in Delhi on September 13, 2008, in which at least 30 people were killed and over 100 injured. Special Cell Inspector Sharma was killed during the encounter.

In July 2013, a trial court sentenced Mujahideen terrorist Shehzad Ahmed to life imprisonment in the Batla House encounter case.