The Batla House encounter took place on 19 September 2008 in which two Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed. 
The Batla House encounter took place on 19 September 2008 in which two Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed. (Graphic: The Quint)
  • 1. Why did the Police Raid Batla House?
  • 2. What Is The Official Version of the Encounter?
  • 3. Who Died During the Encounter?
  • 4. What was the Aftermath of the Encounter?
  • 5. Was It A Planned Shootout or an Encounter?
  • 6. What Did the Post-Mortem Reveal?
  • 7. The Batla House Trials: Who Shot Inspector MC Sharma?
  • 8. How did Two ‘Terrorists” Manage to Flee a Guarded House?
  • 9. Why Did the Police Fail to Produce any Independent...
  • 10. Why was Mohd Saif, (the Man in the Toilet at the Time of...
  • 11. Where did Shahzad’s, (Who May or May Not Have Been...
  • 12. Was Shahzad an IM Operative?
  • 13. What was the ISIS Connect to Batla House?
  • 14. What is the Status of the "Terrorists”At Batla House?
Encounter Or Conspiracy? Shoot Out At Batla House Explained

On the morning of 19 September 2008, the Delhi police received a tip-off on the location of alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) members from the Gujarat police. On the basis of cell phone data, the Police determined they were hiding out in flat number 108, L-18, Batla House, Jamia Nagar– a crowded, mostly Muslim neighbourhood in South Delhi. At 10:30 AM that Friday morning, a Delhi Police Special Cell team was dispatched to surround and raid the location.

But at the location, an encounter played out with firing being exchanged between the police and the alleged terrorists. Two of the house’s residents and the police inspector leading the raiding party were killed in the firing.

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  • 1. Why did the Police Raid Batla House?

    The story begins six days before Encounter Batla House commenced. On 13 September 2008, a series of five low-intensity bombs ripped through Delhi, killing 30 people and injuring 90. This, within months of similar blasts in Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Bangalore.

    The bombs went off within a span of half an hour at popular shopping locations, teeming with people on a weekend. Two exploded in Connaught Place, two in Greater Kailash’s M Block Market and one in the extremely crowded Ghaffar market in Karol Bagh. Three unexploded bombs were defused when people called in, to report unidentified objects. One of them was even meant to explode at a children’s park.

    The Batla House encounter took place on 19 September 2008 in which two Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed. 
    On 13 September 2008, Delhi was struck by serial blasts planned by the Indian Mujahideen (IM).  
    (Photo courtesy: Twitter/HistoryFacts247)

    On 13 September 2008, ten minutes after the first bomb went off in Ghaffar Market at 6:10 PM, IM sent out an email taking credit. It was titled “The Message of Death” and said: “In the name of Allah, Indian Mujahideen strikes back once more [...] Do whatever you can. Stop us if you can.”

    IM had been pegged as the perpetrators of serial bomb blasts in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Mumbai the same year. The pressure on the states’ police to nab them and bring justice to the victims’ families was real. So, a week later when they received an intelligence lead on the location of IM operatives behind the Delhi blasts, the Delhi police moved urgently and sent an armed raiding party to Batla House.

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