Did Sonia Gandhi cry seeing Batla’s house encounter images? No, it’s a misleading claim!

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi cried on seeing pictures of killed terrorists Atif Ameen and Mohammad Sajid in the Batla House encounter but never uttered a word of condolence for the slain police officer Mohan Sharma who was martyred during that encounter

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In this instance, a news anchor claims in a 21-second viral video that Salman Khurshid mentioned Sonia Gandhi was crying as she saw the photos of the encounter. The title of the video, “Batla images made Sonia cry,” appears above the NDTV logo. The former Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid then speaks the same lines onto a microphone. He added that Sonia Gandhi had instructed not to display those images. This post is shared with a claim stating, “Congress President Sonia Gandhi cried on seeing pictures of killed terrorists Atif Ameen and Mohammad Sajid in the Batla House encounter but never uttered a word of condolence for the slain police officer Mohan Sharma who was martyred during that encounter.” You can see a similar claim post from the previous year by the same person, here.

What’s the truth?

We began our investigation by searching for pertinent terms on Google, such as “Sonia shed tears during Batla encounter,” “Batla encounter,” and “Salman Khurshid about Sonia tears.” This took us to a few pieces published in 2019. The first was an article from February 25, 2019, published by ABP News, headed “No, Sonia Gandhi didn’t cry seeing Batla House encounter images, says Salman Khurshid.”

According to the ABP News article, “Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Monday rubbished a statement ascribed to him that pictures of the Batla House encounter of 2008 had brought tears to the eyes of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.”

The article went on to add that, speaking at ABP News’ “Shikhar Sammelan,” Khurshid refuted the claim that Gandhi sobbed over the Batla House incident. “I didn’t say it at all. I was misquoted. What I had said and what the media represented were not the same. I had stated that the Congress President at the time did not want to view pictures of an encounter,” Khurshid remarked, clarifying that Gandhi’s reason was not compassion for them but rather the fact that these kinds of pictures are inherently “traumatic” for all of us.

When we searched further, we got another article by the ANI News dated April 23, 2019. The article is captioned as “Didn’t see Sonia Gandhi crying: Salman Khurshid hits back at Amit Shah over Batla house comment.”

This article goes on to clarify the statement made by the BJP president Amit Shah, “When the Batla house encounter happened, Sonia Gandhi shed tears on the killing of the terrorists, however, she did not cry for the police personnel who lost his life in this incident. Congress must answer this.”

While searching about the Batla house operation, we learned that it is an encounter case that refers to the armed operation by the Delhi Police on September 19, 2008, to apprehend terrorists belonging to the ‘Indian Mujahideen’ terrorist group who were hidden up in an apartment in the Batla House neighborhood of Jamia Nagar, Okhla.

The details above make it clear that Khurshid clarified that it was not because Sonia Gandhi had sympathy for them but because seeing those visuals of the encounter is painful for all of us as humans.

This confirms that the widely circulated rumor that Sonia Gandhi sobbed upon seeing images of terrorists killed in Batla House is incorrect.

Conclusion:

Thus, we conclude that the viral claim stating, that Congress President Sonia Gandhi cried on seeing pictures of killed terrorists Atif Ameen and Mohammad Sajid in the Batla House encounter is misleading.

Salman Khurshid, a senior Congressman, has retaliated against Amit Shah, the former president of the BJP, for making such claims and against the media for misquoting him in 2019.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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