Chittoor Encounter: CBI inquiry ordered by NHRC

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today ordered a CBI inquiry into the Chittoor encounter in which 20 red sandalwood smugglers were killed.

The NHRC has also announced Rs 8 lakh compensation for the kin of those killed in the encounter.

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“We had sent two teams to Andhra Pradesh to record statements; reports have been called from the Andhra government,” said D Murugesan of the NHRC.

“Yesterday we recommended CBI inquiry to Centre and the Andhra Pradesh government. Have ordered Andhra government to give Rs 8 lakh to the family of deceased,” Murugesan added.

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“AP government is still to send the reports. Also, we have asked extension for protection of witnesses.”

Earlier, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) had called for a CBI probe into the gunning down of 20 red sanders in Andhra Pradesh.

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The STF had claimed that the April 7 operation in the Seshachalam hill ranges in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh was undertaken as part of a crackdown on the smuggling of red sanders.

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