Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: All-India Congress Committee secretary and Okhla MLA Parvez Hashmi has demanded a judicial probe into the encounter between the Delhi police and suspected militants at Batla House in Jamia Nagar here on September 19.

In a statement, Mr. Hashmi said the “incident” in Okhla was “shrouded in mystery” and the Government and the law enforcement agencies should come out with a clear picture so that the doubts in the minds of the people are dispelled.

Stating that “innocent people should not be harassed in the name of interrogation and police presence should be taken off (out of the area) for the return of normalcy in the area”, Mr. Hashmi also demanded that if there is a ban on SIMI for its alleged terror activities, then a similar ban should be imposed on Bajrang Dal and other such organised which have been involved in violence against minorities in Orissa, Karnataka and other States in the country.