Mulki police firing case: NHRC orders CoD level probe

Posted on Jun 17th, 2010 and filed under General.

NEW DELHI : The National Human Rights Commission has directed the Chief Secretary of the Karnataka Government to conduct an independent probe through a Special branch of the CoD or any agency of that rank into the circumstances that led to the killing of two innocent youth of Mulki in the police firing that took place in the town after the murder of local BJP leader Sukhananda Shetty in 2006. It was alleged that the then SP Dayananda had directed his security personnel to fire at the two youth using his AK 47 rifle, during the disturbance that took place when the body of Shetty was taken out in a procession on December 1, 2006.

The NHRC has also directed that the report be submitted to it within eight weeks.

It is said that this was one of the prominent decisions taken by Justice K G Balakrishnan after he took over as Chairman of NHRC following his retirement as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. It is believed that the Commission by concluding that the magisterial investigation conducted into the case by the district administration was unsatisfactory, has directed the Chief Secretary of the State Government to order for an independent probe.

This is the second such order issued by the NHRC to the state government to conduct an investigation into the case after the Karnataka Government as well as the DGP had failed to answer as to whether it was proper to target an AK 47 rifle at the public.

As per the circular issued by the Union Home Ministry to the police department, the AK 47 rifle meant for the self-defence of the police officials should not be targeted against innocent civilians.

The Commission has taken serious note of the fact that the then SP had not consulted the District Magistrate and the IGP who were at the spot, before opening fire and also that the SP Dayananda had not given any reply to the question as to why he used the banned AK 47 on the civilian group.

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