The family of Shahzad Ahmad, and the Association for the Welfare, Medical and Legal Assistance, (AWMLA), which was fighting the Batla House encounter case on his behalf, have decided to approach higher courts against the trial court order, which convicted him for the murder of the Special Cell Inspector M.C. Sharma.

S. Qamar, who is a member of the team of lawyers fighting the case against Shahzad, said higher courts will be approached against the trial court order.

Dr. Javed, president of AWMLA --- a group which was formed in the wake of arrests of youths from Azamgarh in relation to terror cases -- said: “We are extremely disappointed by the trial court verdict which failed to appreciate the absence of direct evidence and the big loopholes in the prosecution story of the encounter. It is a very sad judgment.”

“We are unable to understand the ground on which he had been convicted. We thought that the judgment would be in our favour and he would be acquitted. We are certainly going to approach higher courts against this order,” he added.

Masihuddin Sanjari, an Azamgarh-based human rights activist, said before the pronouncement of the verdict that people were eagerly waiting for the court order because they knew that the police story would not stand in a court of law.