Didn't say Batla House gunbattle was fake: Digvijay Singh

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 04, 2010 11:51 hrs

Lucknow: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, who has come under attack over his comments on Batla House shootout in Delhi, on Thursday said he never termed the gunbattle fake.

'I am not carrying out investigations... I am not an investigating agency. So, I am not in a position to say the encounter (gunbattle) was fake... I haven't ever termed the encounter fake,' Singh, who is on a two-day visit to Azamgarh, 300 km from here, told reporters.

Singh on Wednesday had raised doubts over the Batla House shootout that took place September 2008 in New Delhi.

Without taking the names of the two alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives killed in the shootout Atif and Chhota Sajid, natives of Sanjarpur town in Azamgarh, Singh Wednesday had told reporters, 'I have seen the photographs of one of the boys killed in the encounter... The photo shows a bullet pierced his head... It should be noted that normally in encounters, one is not shot in the head.'

Coming out in his self-defence, Singh on Thursday said: 'I have only said that bullet injury in head not appear normal in encounters,' quickly adding 'as I have not conducted any inquiry, I am no one to tell about the encounter'.

'Though it's true that the aggrieved party was not satisfied by the human rights commission enquiry into the shootout... I got complaints that the version of the aggrieved party was not taken by the commission,' he said.

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