After decades of trials, Delhi court on Monday held Ariz Khan responsible for killing inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, along with his co-conspirator, in the Batla House encounter which took place in 2008 at Delhi. Ariz Khan was arrested by Delhi Special Cell in February 2018 after being on the run for 10 years.
He has been convicted under sections 302, 307, 333, and 353 (which deal with assault or grievous hurt to a public servant in the discharge of his duty), 186 (which has provisions of punishment for people who prevent a public servant from discharging their duties), 34 and 174A of the Indian penal Code (IPC) as well as Section 27 of the Arms Act (which provides for a jail sentence to those who are found in possession of arms illegally).
The encounter took place only after a seven-member Delhi Police team led by Mohan Chand Sharma Inspector in the Special Cell of Delhi police, stumbled upon IM commander Atif Amin and his companions in their rented address at L-18, Batla House on 19 September 2008 morning. The team had received unambiguous information that a suspected person wanted in connection with the serial bomb blasts in Delhi was hiding in a flat in the Batla House area of Jamia Nagar.
Upon reaching the four-storied house the police’s attempt to storm the flat on the second floor at around 10:30 AM (IST) led to a heavy exchange of fire. Sharma received the first explosion of fire from the terrorists holed up inside. In this incident, Sharma lost his life while two other police officers were injured.
In 2013, Shazad Ahmed, who, too, had escaped the Batla House shootout with Khan, was convicted and sentenced. Two of their accomplices, Atif Amin and Mohammed Saif were killed in the incident, while one managed to escape.