Ex-IPS officer Karnal Singh’s shines new light on “Batla House” encounter

By IndianMandarins- 21 Oct 2020


Karnal Singh's (Retd IPS:1984:UT) book ‘Batla House’ gives, for the first time ever, a professional perspective on the deadly encounter by detailing the origin and tracing the activities of Islamist terrorist groups in India.

In a minute-by-minute account of the chain of events leading up to the encounter, the book narrates the story of the series of ghastly bomb blasts that shook Delhi in September 2008. What followed, however, was an encounter that was sought to be exploited by some to serve their narrow, divisive politics.

Karnal Singh, who spearheaded Batla House operations, narrates a mesmerizing minute-by-minute account of the chain of events leading up to the encounter and successful neutralization of targets. Weaving together inputs from the Intelligence Bureau (IB), multiple strands of events in various Indian cities, the labyrinth of information by local intelligence and informers, Singh creates an intriguing tale of an encounter that marked the beginning of the end of the obscure and dreaded Indian Mujahideen (IM).

The book also explains why the police team that raided Batla House did not wear bulletproof jackets and also mentions how the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praised Karnal Singh and his team for doing a good job.

Karnal Singh retired in 2018 as the Director of the Enforcement Directorate.

The book is published by Rupa Publications. It is available worldwide in both print and eBook versions from online retailers like Amazon and Flipkart.

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