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Those killed in Batla House 'not terrorists, should be declared martyrs', says UP cleric Tauqeer Raza Khan

Cleric Tauqeer Raza Khan said that those killed in the Batla House encounter in Delhi in 2008 were "not terrorists and should be declared martyrs". Bareilly-based cleric Tauqeer Raza Khan, joined Congress in the presence of the party's Uttar Pradesh chief Ajay Kumar Lallu on Tuesday. Khan is a controversial cleric who was earlier booked for making derogatory comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Batla House encounter by Delhi Police on September 19, 2008, took place when terrorists who belonged to the group Indian Mujahideen were reported to be hiding in a flat in Jamia Nagar. The operation resulted in the deaths of two terrorists and a senior police officer, with the remaining terrorists being arrested.

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