NHRC verdict described as a collective victory of rights groups
Senior advocate Bhuvanagiri Chandrasekhar on Sunday demanded CBI inquiry into 16 of the 19 police encounters which had been declared fake by the National Human Rights Commission .
Mr Chandrasekhar was one of the signatories to the petition filed by the Human Rights Forum on which the NHRC had found that 16 ‘encounters’ in Guntur and Kurnool districts which took place prior to 2002 when senior IPS officer P.S.R. Anjaneyulu was superintendent of police were fake.
“It is just not enough if economic justice is ensured for the victims of the fake encounters. All cases should be reopened and prosecution initiated after registering FIRs afresh against those responsible for the encounters,” he told reporters here.
Expressing displeasure over the State government for not acting so far against the police personnel responsible for the fake encounters in the wake of the NHRC report, Mr Chandrasekhar said gallantry awards, promotions, and increments given to those involved in the encounters should be withdrawn. The compensation amount announced by the NHRC for the families of the 19 persons killed in the encounters should be taken from the salaries of police personnel concerned.
He described the NHRC verdict as a ‘collective victory’ for various human rights organisations campaigning against extra-judicial killings in the State for long. But for the CPI, no other party had condemned the fake encounters which had taken place during the then TDP regime.
He offered to take up cases free of cost for victims of encounters as also whistle blowers, including RTI activists eliminated for exposing wrong doings of various types.
HRF Prakasam district convenor N. Venugopal contended that 50 ‘fake encounters’ had taken place in the district during the tenure of SPs in the past and pressed for reopening of the cases.
Particiating in a meeting organised by the Dalita Hakula Parirakshana Samiti, Mr.Chandrasekhar said ''police encounters are no longer a feudal issue but a market issue in the era of globalisation''.
The meeting was organised in support of the legal battle launched by Mr Chandrasekhar and other human rights' activists in the country against fake encounters. Mr Chandrasekhar once upon a time, police personnel had allegedly killed people for the sake of landlords. After globalisation it was for the sake of the corporate sector that people were being killed in the guise of encounter, he alleged. DHPS district president Neelam Nagendra Rao presided over the meeting attended by among others, Organisation for People's Democratic Rights State president Ch. Sudhakar, Committee for Release of Political Prisoners State vice-president K Kanakaiah, Human Rights Forum district convenor N.Venugopal and Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee leader K.Annapurnamma.