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Advocate files plea seeking probe into Thoothukudi deaths

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A petition was moved before the Delhi High Court on Thursday seeking direct intervention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) or an independent probe into the “unlawful killings” of protesters during the anti-Sterlite rally, as the number of police firing deaths rose to 13 in Thoothukudi.

The petition filed by advocate A. Rajarajan, national vice president of National Union Backward Classes, is most likely to be come up for hearing before the High Court on Friday. Mr Rajarajan said the rights commission refused to consider his representation for an urgent hearing even after a mere protest took such a violent turn.

NHRC has simply asked for a report from the Chief Secretary and DGP of Tamil Nadu government even as they are the officials heading the civil and police administration under whom the alleged human rights violation took place, he said.

“Unless otherwise the NHRC directly interferes at the earliest by its own or through an independent agency as mandated under the protection of human rights act… the unlawful killings by police will continue,” Mr Rajarajan said.

He further stated that the commission should urgently look into the matter as there was a possibility of tampering of the evidence related to the unlawful killings by the state police as they themselves are the perpetrators, conspirators and executors of the unlawful killings.

Mr Rajarajan said the police firing was done without following any existing laws of the land which regulates the conduct of police personnel during police firing and usage of force by police personnel to disperse the crowd.

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