February 24th, 2012
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Chennai encounter: NHRC issues notice to TN police

chennai-encounterChennai: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices to Director General of Tamil Nadu Police, Chennai District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police asking them to investigate into the police encounter that killed five suspected burglars.

“The commission has directed them to respond to its notices within eight weeks along with the magisterial enquiry report, the post-mortem report and the independent investigation report into the incident as per the guidelines of the commission,” an NHRC spokesperson said.

The direction came after the commission received a complaint on the basis of media reports regarding the Chennai encounter yesterday in which the police killed five persons suspected to be involved in bank burglaries.

Five persons were shot dead around 1 am in connection with the bank robbery case at Chennai yesterday. The suspects were housed at a Housing Board colony on Rajaji Street in Velachery. The police were tipped off by an unidentified informer who had seen the CCTV grab. The house was raided at around1this morning.

A 14 member team was involved in the encounter. The team split into two groups and fired through the windows of the one-bedroom apartment. The suspects responded with counter fire. Two policemen, Ravi and Christian Jayasil, were injured in the crossfire.

After a half an hour long exchange of fire eventually all the five suspects, estimated to be around 30-35 years old, were killed. They are all believed to be from Bihar. A West Bengal driving licence was recovered. The victims have been identified as Vinod Kumar, Chandri Khare, Vinay Prasad, Abhay Kumar, and Harish Kumar. Inside their room, two bags containing wads of cash were found. The bags also contained five pistols and two revolvers, police said.

The suspects were supposed to be involved in two daring daylight bank robberies that were executed this year.  On February 20, four armed men looted Rs. 14 lakh from a branch of public sector Indian Overseas Bank at Keelkattalai on city outskirts. In a similar incident on January 23, four armed men stormed the Bank of Baroda branch near Perungudi and escaped with Rs. 19 lakh.



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