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Delhi police submit 'proof' of encounter

Devesh K. Pandey

NEW DELHI NOV. 13. In response to the notices sent by the National Human Rights Commission, the special cell of the Delhi police has submitted a comprehensive report substantiating its claim that the November 3 Ansal Plaza shoot-out in which two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed was a genuine encounter.

The report submitted this afternoon states that the Intelligence agencies had tipped off the special cell about the presence of two LeT terrorists — Dawood Ali from Kasoor and Ezaz Ahmed alias Deepak from Gujranwala, in the Punjab province of Pakistan — about three months ago.

The terrorists were planning to target busy marketplaces during Deepavali. Police also submitted that two unsuccessful attempts had been made to nab the terrorists before the encounter.

The report furnished a detailed account of the encounter, which had earlier been submitted to the Home Ministry, mentioning that the unit, which was handed over the task of intercepting the militants, was asked to ensure that there was no civilian casualty or mass panic.

Following the directions, the special cell chose the Ansal Plaza underground parking lot — an enclosed area — to lay a trap.

A senior police officer said the report mentions the recovery of an AK-56 assault rifle, two Chinese pistols and ammunition, a matrix code, diaries, cellular phone and a fake identity card, proving that those gunned down in the encounter were Pakistani and LeT terrorists.

The second part of the report deals with the antecedents of Hari Krishna, who claims to have witnessed what he calls a fake encounter.

The special cell has attached details of Dr. Krishna's location on the basis of his mobile phone record, proving that he entered the Ansal Plaza complex almost two-and-half hours after the encounter took place at 7 p.m. on November 3.

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