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New Delhi: With a court convicting Indian Mujahideen operative Shahzad Ahmad, for murdering Delhi Police Inspector M C Sharma, residents of Batla House, where the encounter had taken place in 2008, expressed dissatisfaction and anger over the verdict. Residents of the predominantly Muslim area said they still do not believe the police theory that amid the heavy gunfire, Shahzad had fled from the fourth floor of the flat where the encounter had taken place. “We are not at all happy with the court verdict. There were so many loopholes in police’s theory that Shahzad had fled from the spot,” said Irfan, a resident of the Batla House locality. Another resident Illiyas said majority of the residents in the area were saddened by the verdict.
“We are sad. Majority of the people in the area are upset by the court judgment. But I am not surprised over the verdict,” he said, adding that the police theory of Shahzad fleeing the encounter spot cannot be believed. “There were policemen at the front gate of the building. So how could Shahzad flee from the spot. We cannot believe this,” he said. “We always demanded a judicial probe into the encounter. But the government never heeded to our demand despite there being so many gaps in police’s claim,” said Manzoor Alam.