The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has ordered a CBI inquiry into the Chittoor encounter in which 20 red sandalwood smugglers were killed.
Besides ordering a CBI inquiry, the NHRC has also announced Rs. 8 lakh compensation for the kin of those killed in the encounter.
“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.
“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.
“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.
NCST had also slammed the Special Task Force which carried out the operation last month as it alleged that they had failed to follow the proper protocol.
In its report, the team headed by NCST vice chairperson Ravi Thakur had observed that the crime committed by those who were killed by Andhra Pradesh police was that of theft of timber.