NHRC may seek fresh probe into 24 Andhra ‘encounters’

NHRC is likely to ask Andhra Pradesh to re-investigate 24 encounters that were allegedly staged by its police between 2001 and 2011.

Written by Express News Service | Hyderabad | Published:July 21, 2012 3:57 am

The National Human Right Commission (NHRC) is likely to ask Andhra Pradesh to re-investigate 24 encounters that were allegedly staged by its police between 2001 and 2011.

The NHRC has sought the state government’s response to a petition filed by two rights activists,seeking re-investigation into 19 allegedly staged encounters — in which 19 “criminals” were killed — directed by P S R Anjaneyulu during his tenure as Police Commissioner of Vijayawada,and SP of Kurnool and Guntur.

Anjaneyulu,who is now IG of Greyhounds anti-Maoist commando unit,found himself in a scandal in January 2011 after a woman,who had approached him to seek protection from a stalker, accused him of sending lewd text messages.

On November 11,2011,the NHRC,while deciding an earlier petition by the activists,found that 13 encounters carried out by the police since 2001 were staged,including that of People’s War Group activist Dunna Sudhakar. The commission ordered the state government to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to Sudhakar’s family.

The fresh petition,which NHRC chief K G Balakrishnan has referred to a division bench of the panel,has sought a CBI probe into these killings as well as of four undertrials in Guntur,who,Anjanyulu had claimed,were shot dead when they tried to snatch the weapons of policemen escorting them.

The activists also pleaded for a fresh probe into the “killing” of Meda Venkateshwarulu,a murder accused who was mistakenly arrested by Guntur police in another case and allegedly shot dead when he did not “confess”.

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