On Monday, Indian Mujahideen terrorist Ariz Khan was sentenced to death for killing a cop in the 2008 Batla House incident in Delhi. Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was killed in an encounter between Delhi police and a group of terrorists holed up in a South Delhi neighborhood, while two others were injured.
Khan, a native of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, was apprehended by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police in February 2018 after fleeing the city in 2008. Last week, he was found guilty in the case. Khan is also suspected of being the mastermind behind the 2008 series of bombings in Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh.
The story Behind Khan Sentenced to Death:
Khan was sentenced to death by the police, who said it was not just any killing, but the murder of a law enforcement officer who was a defender of the law. The case requires exceptional punishment, which is capital punishment, according to Additional Public Prosecutor AT Ansari, who is representing the police.
Ariz Khan‘s lawyer, MS Khan, argued against being death sentenced, claiming that the crime was not planned in advance.
The court had said on March 8 that it was “duly proved that Ariz Khan and his associates caused the murder of police officers and fired gunshot on the police officers”.
Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav levied a cumulative fine of Rs 11 lakh against Khan on Monday, calling it one of the “rarest of the rare cases” that warranted the death penalty. The court ordered that ten lakh rupees be issued to Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma’s family right away.
Shahzad Ahmed, who had also survived the Batla House shootout with Khan, was found guilty and sentenced in 2013. Atif Amin and Mohammed Sajid, two of their assistant and suspects, were killed in the incident. Mohammed Saif, a third suspect, was apprehended at the scene.
In 2008, multiple bombings connected to Ariz Khan wreaked havoc in cities such as Jaipur and Ahmedabad, as well as the national capital Delhi, killing 165 people and injuring over 500 more. An Rs. 15 lakh reward was declared on him, besides an Interpol Red Corner Alert.
Khan is an explosives specialist and a BTech graduate of Muzaffaranagar’s SD College. Atif Amin, who was killed in the Delhi shootout, indoctrinated him into the jihadi group. Following the 2008 bombings, he relocated to Nepal and obtained a Nepal passport under the name Salim. He started a business and opened a restaurant and taught students there.