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BJP Seeks Congress Apology for Calling Batla House Encounter Fake

File photo of Sonia Gandhi and Mamohan Singh during the Loktantra Bachao March (PTI)

File photo of Sonia Gandhi and Mamohan Singh during the Loktantra Bachao March (PTI)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had said it was in the process of identifying all the six people who were part of the 22-minute video.

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and workers staged a protest in the national capital on Monday seeking apology from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her party leaders on statements over the Batla House encounter.

"BJP wants that after the latest revelation that terrorists involved in Batla House shoot-out have IS links, the Congress president and her associates should apologise to the nation," Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said.

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh had courted controversy after he dubbed the 2008 Batla House encounter as "fake". He asked the central government to order a judicial probe into the encounter in which two suspected terrorists and a police officer were killed.

"Batla House encounter was fake. I dare the BJP to go for a judicial probe. I still stand by my remarks on the encounter. I don't know who is Bada Sajid or Chhota Sajid," Singh had said.

Meanwhile, the BJP has latched onto an alleged Islamic State video where one of the men claimed that he was at Batla House when police had raided the premises and fled afterwards. Though it was not clear whether he was inside the same house where the two alleged Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed in the encounter.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had said it was in the process of identifying all the six people who were part of the 22-minute video.

first published:May 30, 2016, 14:06 IST