Chittoor continues to make headlines, and rightly. The dead-bodies are asking for their due if we believe in such things.
Once trophies for police, now the bodies are part of the investigation and as the time is getting up, officials in the operation are feeling the heat.
A report said victim families have requested for ‘no last rites’ for bodies until the investigation is complete.
As more and more truth is coming out, a report today said 12 out of 20 killed are from Tamil Nadu and its chief minister has already written to his counterpart in Andhra Pradesh for a ‘credible probe’.
So, all from Tamil Nadu to 12 from Tamil Nadu would change anything?
No, because the facts increasingly say that it was a stage-managed encounter. People, preferably labourers or small time workers, were killed in cold blood – people with backgrounds and families that they thought could not raise voices.
But the bodies with logs are crying foul of the crime scenes.
Reports said bodies were decomposed. Reports said logs were with white paint having code-word inscribed on them suggesting involvement of some government stockpile. Also the logs were not fresh.
Police have not been able to explain facial shots and burn marks on some of the bodies, apart from routine defence. Then Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) today paraded a ‘survivor’ of the ‘alleged stage-managed’ encounter. He has been kept somewhere to will be produced before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) as the APCLC said.
Police or RSASTF, with local police and forest officials, killed 20 in self-defence and none of the policemen or officials involved were injured. An encounter with hundreds of red-sandalwood smugglers, at multiple locations, 10 Kms away from human dwellings, deep in Seshachalam forests (with a range notorious for red sandalwood smuggling), would certainly involve, if not casualties, then at least injuries to the police and party involved, even if we accept the RSASTF DIG’s remark that ‘his force was superiorly trained’.
But, not just the police, even the forest officials and the local police escaped unharmed, without the bruise, though they had a full-throttle brush with the law and order situation that was expected to leave multiple casualties and injuries.
Though Andhra Pradesh chief minister who is ally of the BJP led National Democratic Alliance and has briefed the Union Home Minister about the whole incident, stoically defends the encounter as genuine while the whole Tamil Nadu is erupting in protests. A TN led seizure of Chittoor is proposed for tomorrow.
And even the Andhra Pradesh is not silent. Rights groups and opposition politicians are making the voices that are being heard.
Chittoor encounter is rightly making for the headlines and is expected to rock the nation more in the coming days with more facts emerging, with more reports saying the encounter stage-managed.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/