Attappadi encounter: State Human Rights Commission registers case
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Human Rights Commission has registered a case over the killing of four Maoists in an encounter at Attappadi forests in Palakkad. The commission has issued a notice to the state police chief in this regard.
SHRC judicial member P. Mohanadas demanded the state police chief to conduct a direct and detailed investigation into the incident and submit a report within two weeks. The case will be considered during the commission’s sitting at Kalpetta, in Wayanad district on November 12.
The commission said that senior police officials are yet to explain what was the provocation to open fire at four persons including a woman on sight.
In its order, the commission said the police do not have the right to kill four persons over suspicion that they are Maoists. The court has not given police the power to commit such heinous acts, it added.
However, a person has the right to defend himself; but such a situation does not seem to have been present in Attappadi, the commission clarified.