Students and human rights organisations organised a candlelight vigil here on Saturday in support of their demand for an independent judicial inquiry into the Batla House encounter case, in which a city court recently adjudged a suspected Indian Mujahideen militant guilty for the murder of Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma.

While the court is yet to pronounce punishment, the All-India Students’ Union (AISA) and the Revolutionary Youth Association (RYA) organised a candlelight vigil at Jantar Mantar in association with likeminded organisations, raising questions and seeking justice in the 2008 Batla House encounter case.

The other organisations that participated in the protest were the Campus Front of India and the Jan Sanskriti Manch. Kavita Krishnan of the All India Progressive Women's Association  extended her support to the demands for a thorough independent inquiry into the encounter.

AISA national president Sandeep said: “Five years have passed, but still many questions remain unanswered about the Batla House encounter. In the quest for an impartial probe, justice and truth, and to continue with the struggle against the minority witch-hunt, AISA-RYA called for a gathering of all progressive and justice-loving individuals and organisations.”

He added: “The inquiry should also focus on exposing the real culprits behind the killing of Inspector Sharma.”

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