In the morning of 19.09.2008 when people were in the process of waking up, the police was engrossed in planning to nab the suspects.
SI Rahul Kumar (now Inspector) lodged a complaint (Ex. PW8/C), narrating the incident as:
Today (19.09.2008) at around 8.00 am, a specific information was received to Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma that Bashir @ Atif alongwith associates is residing in the top floor Flat No. 108 of L18, Batla House, Delhi.
This information was lodged in Daily Diary and discussed with senior officers. After discussion with senior officers, as per their directions, a team led by Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma consisting of Inspector Sanjay Dutt, SI Dharmender, Kumar, SI Ravinder Kumar Tyagi, SI Dalip Kumar, SI Rakesh Malik, SI Devender Singh, ASI Anil Tyagi, HC Balwant Singh, HC Rajbir Singh, HC Satyender Kumar (No. 391/SB), HC Satyender Kumar (No. 397/SB), HC Vinod Gautam, HC Hansraj, HC Udaivir Singh, HC Manish Kumar, Ct. Gurmeet, Ct. Sandeep, Ct. Birender Negi and Ct. Rajeev including me, was formed to act upon the information.
At about 9.30 am, the team left the office of Special Cell NDR with arms and ammunition in our private cars and two twowheelers to apprehend him and his associates. At about 10.30 am, the team of special cell reached Batla House and requested 78 passerby persons to join raiding party after apprising them aboutcontents of information, but none joined by giving genuine excuses. Without wasting further time, Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma briefed the entire team and the team reached at L18, Batla House, Delhi and surrounded the building.
At about 11.00 am, Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma alongwith SI Dharmender Kumar, SI Ravinder Kumar Tyagi, HC Balwant Singh, HC Udaivir Singh, HC Satyender (No. 397/SB) and myself entered into the building to conduct raid at flat No. 108, L18, Batla House, Delhi, whereas other team members were deployed at ground floor to cover the building. Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma knocked at the main door of the flat by disclosing his identity, but when the occupants of the flat did not respond, then the team tried to enter into the flat.