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Cheques were to be given by a former Dy. SP

CHAMARAJANAGAR: Forty-eight victims of the alleged atrocities by the Special Task Force (STF) in the Ramapura region in Kollegal taluk during the operations against Veerappan rejected relief cheques for Rs. 1.08 crore from former Deputy Superintendent of Police (STF) Madhukar Mosale on Wednesday following allegation that the officer too was involved in the atrocities. The victims had gathered at Ramapura to receive compensation cheques based on the recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

They demanded that the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police be present on the occasion.

The National Human Rights Commission had recommended to the Government to give an interim relief of Rs. 2.80 crore to 89 victims of atrocities allegedly committed by the STF set up by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Inquiry

The National Human Rights Commission constituted Justice A.J. Sadashiva Commission of Inquiry on June 28, 1999 to conduct an inquiry into the alleged atrocities.

The commission submitted its report to the National Human Rights Commission on December 2, 2003. The commission had examined 243 witnesses.

As many as 121 people were detained under TADA by the STF.

Among them, 70 managed to secure bail and the rest were in jail till September 29, 2001.

Mathew Phillip, president of the South Indian Human Rights Forum and officials, including Mr. Mosale, were present.

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