Manjakkandi encounter: HC directs to examine Thunderbolt’s weapons
Kochi: The Kerala high court on Tuesday asked the government to investigate the role of police in Manjakkandi encounter. The court also directed that the weapons used by the Thunderbolt force should be immediately subjected to forensic examination and granted permission to cremate the bodies of Manivasagam and Karthi, the 2 Maoists killed in the encounter.
The high court asked the crime branch officials to probe into the role of police in the encounter. The court also directed that the allegation raised against the police should be investigated and all weapons used by the Thunderbolt personnel should be taken into custody and sent for forensic and ballistic examinations. The test results should be submitted to Palakkad Sessions Court.
According to the court’s directive, the dead bodies of Manivasagam and Karthi should be cremated after collecting their fingerprints. The court also stated that the directive should not be interpreted as an opinion regarding the circumstances under which the encounter took place.
Meanwhile, the court did not agree with the demand to form a Special Investigation Team for probe. It also directed that if the complainants have suspicions or disagreements regarding the probe, they can approach the court.