Suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist Shahzad Ahmed, convicted in the 2008 Batla House encounter case, was sentenced on Tuesday to life imprisonment by a Delhi court. The court said the case did not fall under the rarest of rare category warranting the death sentence. Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Rajender Kumar Shastri handed down life term to Shazad for killing decorated police officer Inspector M C Sharma and injuring two other cops.

Shahzad was also slapped with a fine of Rs.95,000 of which Rs.40,000 will be given to Sharma’s family.

Shahzad, 25, was convicted in the September 19, 2008 encounter when a team of Delhi Police Special Cell raided the Batla House flat in Jamia Nagar in south Delhi following a tip—off that terrorists allegedly involved in the September 13, 2008 serial blasts in the capital were holed up there.

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