AP SIT will probe killings: Rajnath Singh

He demanded creation of a SIT by the Centre to probe the matter

NEW DELHI: Home minister Rajnath Singh said that human rights bodies have taken cognizance of the matter regarding payment of compensation to the next of kin of victims.

Mr Singh said the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code to investigate the case as it needed a comprehensive probe.

In his statement, the minister quoted reports from the Andhra Pradesh government and informed the House that relatives of the deceased had approached the High Court of AP and Telangana which has ordered a post-mortem of certain dead bodies.

The statement also said that the HC has directed that no officer must divulge the results of the investigation to anyone except before an appropriate court or official.

Mr Raja said he finds it hard to believe that the AP police had fired in self defence and it was not an encounter. He said there were testimonies of eye witnesses, according to which what had happened was not an encounter.

He demanded creation of a SIT by the Centre to probe the matter. CPM’s T.K. Rangarajan said brutalities were committed on those killed. DMK MP Kanimozhi said that TN was “filled with grief” at the deaths.

( Source : dc correspondent )
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