Batla House encounter case: Congress demands verification of suspects featured in latest IS video

| Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 16:26
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Batla House encounter, IS video, Congress

The footage must first be verified before drawing any conclusions: Congress

New Delhi: The missing suspects of the Batla house encounter case who escaped minutes before the raid in 2008 are allegedly featured in the latest IS video that was made public a few days back. Reports claim that two of the Jihadis featured in the latest IS video are suspected Indian Mujaheedin (IM) members.

Mohammed Sajid alias Bada Sajid is one of the five persons who feature in the 22-minute video allegedly posted by the Islamic State. He has allegedly claimed in the video that he was at Batla House when the police raided the premises but fled afterwards.

Soon after the revelation of the identity of suspects, BJP government alleged Congress of not paying any heed to the Nation's security.

However, Congress Party on Tuesday said the authenticity of the footage must first be verified before drawing any conclusions.

"The video's authenticity should be verified. There are a lot of videos making rounds claiming to be from the IS. It should be probed who he was and how he escaped. It needs to be ascertained if he actually had any link with Batla house encounter," Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said.

It is believed that Sajid, who belonged to the Azamgarh module of the IM, had escaped to Nepal en-route Dubai.

"If he is found to be involved then it should be looked into. It is good that NIA is first verifying the authenticity of the video," Dikshit added.

The IS operatives in the video also urge the Muslims in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan region to join their movement to establish an Islamic caliphate.

The Jihadis have also launched a tirade against the Indian Muslims for maintaining trade and social relations with the 'infidels'. They have also criticised the Muslim politicians and clerics for compromising with a purported tyrannical system responsible for massacring Muslims.

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