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Updated: February 25, 2012 19:04 IST

Chennai encounter: NHRC to send fact-finding team

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The room at the Housing Board Colony apartment in Velachery, Chennai, where the suspected robbers were killed on Thursday. Photo: A. Muralitharan
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The room at the Housing Board Colony apartment in Velachery, Chennai, where the suspected robbers were killed on Thursday. Photo: A. Muralitharan

The National Human Rights Commission will soon send a team to Chennai to find out the truth of the alleged encounter in which five persons were shot dead by the police, NHRC chairman K.G. Balakrishnan said on Saturday.

“We have come across the reports. We will send a team to find out the truth”, Justice Balakrishnan who was in Patna to attend a seminar at Magadh Mahila College told reporters.

“The team will go through post-mortem and forensic reports and try to unravel the truth”, he said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed Director General of Police Abhayanand and the State Home Department to find out details of the alleged encounter in Chennai in which four persons from the State were shot dead by the police.

A total five persons — four from Bihar and one from West Bengal suspected to have been involved in two recent bank heists were shot dead in the alleged encounter in the early hours at Velachery in Chennai on Thursday.

“Let the DGP and Home Department find out the facts first,” Mr. Kumar said when asked about the State government’s next course of action in the matter.

Hats Off to TN Police for their brave action. In future, this will save our valuable money safety in the banks and good lesson to those kind of culprits, who try to riot in Tamil Nadu.

from:  Mohan
Posted on: Feb 27, 2012 at 11:52 IST

Does Nitish Kumar or Bihar Government has any moral right to push for an NHRC inquiry into the incident? They should look into their own human right records. In much-publicized sushan (good governance) in Bihar a policewali (superintendent of police)can beat a boy publicly with her mobile phone in hand, drag his mother with hair and slapped her if she protest. For Nitish Kumar it was an innocent act, because it was SP's first posting -- what an excuse! Should I mention Farbisganj? It was where a policeman was kicking on the head of a dead body killed in police firing? Perhaps for Mr. Kumar it was a rush of blood. He never care to meet the family of the victims of firing. No doubt, in our country encounters are carried out in order to get promotion and that need to be stopped. Stringent punishment should be given to those policemen who are involved in such inhuman acts.

from:  Alam
Posted on: Feb 26, 2012 at 18:27 IST

In this particular case not only are there too many glaring holes in the police theory but many imp. aspects regarding the encounter that led to the killings of five suspects supposed to be involved in two bank heists are in sharp contrast to that of witnesses version. The enf. personnel involved in encounter killings are not accountable and so they carry on with great impunity, mostly they are only acting according to the orders of their superiors. On the other hand the victims family do not have access to any kind of compensation and any complaints filed regarding extrajudicial killings are not given any attention.If the law enforcement works with inter- state intell. units in a coordinated manner strengthening the security networks then all challenges related to law and order can be addressed efficiently.In some states the death squads played a pivotal role in wiping out mob activities and anti national aggressions but the scope and realm of that is of different nature.

from:  vyjayanthi
Posted on: Feb 25, 2012 at 22:56 IST

Thank God. Tamil nadu is the safest place to live all over India. I also think police men should put a file for their human rights. Because their duty is to catch the culprits who are with arms. And as per human rights commission Police should not shoot them. How is this possible? When the opponent is having pistol and guns, the only way to catch them is to fight back with pistol.

from:  rajgopal
Posted on: Feb 25, 2012 at 22:36 IST

The police department is expected to perform efficiently every time and if they discharge their duty, they are being questioned by every single party. It would be more desirable if people allow the police department to function with autonomy without intervening.

from:  Prathiba
Posted on: Feb 25, 2012 at 22:24 IST

A good move by the NHRC.

from:  Prem
Posted on: Feb 25, 2012 at 21:53 IST

Death as a punishment for robbery? Without proper investigation? Its a fantastic example of the incompetence of our system. Shameful.

from:  shalini
Posted on: Feb 25, 2012 at 21:16 IST

NHRC is losiing its credibility. Here if police are fired upon first what does one expect them to do. The suspects were asked to identify themselves but if they are replied with bullets they will receive the same treatment. Thank you TN police.

from:  Tamilselvan
Posted on: Feb 25, 2012 at 21:05 IST

The TV in the picture seems to be fine in-spite of all the cross fire that took place due to the encounter. I wonder what brand it is ?

from:  satish
Posted on: Feb 25, 2012 at 21:03 IST

All the five suspect were not convicted. They were only suspected, the evidence of suspicion itself was yet to be verified. I fail to understand one thing, How on earth, the police had difficulty in catching the suspects when they were inside a closed room. What is the efficiency of police if they could not catch inside a room. They could have used tear gas or to the least waited their done other operations.The background of the encounter doesn't corroborate the need of the encounter. A fair and independent investigation should be done to bring the real fact out. Police has no right to encounter any suspect in the disguise of self defence. Simple logic- How come the police who were outside the room were threatened to go for self defence.

from:  Pradeeep Kar
Posted on: Feb 25, 2012 at 20:56 IST

Public looters should be punished (finished) like this. A very good decision taken by TN administration. Hats off to tn police team!

from:  R.Basker
Posted on: Feb 25, 2012 at 20:01 IST

Is Mamta not interested in fact finding? One of the deceased apparently belongs to West Bengal.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Feb 25, 2012 at 18:54 IST
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