Staff Reporter

FIR should be registered against police team: human rights organisation

TIRUCHI: Even as the enquiry into the encounter death of murder case accused ‘Bomb’ Balaji was conducted by the Revenue Divisional Officer, Tiruchi here on Tuesday, the People’s Watch, a Madurai-based human rights organisation, has urged for a probe by a specialised investigating agency into this case.

As per the revised guidelines issued by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), in respect of procedures to be followed by the state governments in dealing with deaths occurring in encounters with the police, a First Information Report (FIR) should be registered against the police team connected with the encounter, the organisation’s Regional Law Officer for Tiruchi S. Martin told reporters here on Tuesday.

The FIR should be registered in the wake of a specific complaint preferred by Balaji’s mother Chandra Danapathi alleging that her son was killed in a fake encounter, he said. In the complaint to the Tiruverumbur Inspector of Police, Chandra Danapathi had appealed for registration of an FIR against the police team concerned as per the revised guidelines of the NHRC and a probe by the CB-CID.

Perceived threat

He said Balaji’s sister Jeya Jothi had sent telegrams and complaints to the Chief Minister Special Cell, National and State Human Rights Commissions, Inspector General of Police, Tiruchi, District Collector, Thanjavur and Superintendent of Police of Thanjavur district last month stating that there was an encounter threat to her brother.

Mr. Martin said that the NHRC guidelines should be followed in this case and an FIR should be registered against the police team involved in the encounter. He, however, made it clear that the organisation was not supporting criminals and condemned their acts.