Two days after a history-sheeter was shot dead by Madhavaram police in an early morning encounter, the State Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognisance of the case and sought reports from the senior police officer attached to the commission and also State government.
Vallasaru, a 20-year-old history-sheeter who was allegedly involved in a murder when he was only 17 years, was shot dead by a police team on Saturday. Police claimed he and two others had attacked two constables with a long knife, leaving them with deep cuts, adding that they were forced to open fire when Vallarasu tried to escape after attacking other police personnel.
However, refusing to believe the police’s version, his father Samikanni, a labourer, alleged that it was a pre-planned murder. His son was killed in someone’s interest, he said, claiming that the youth had been leading a reformed life for the last two years. “The police have received money from gangsters and made my son a scapegoat. I will take the matter up with the help of politicians to seek justice,” he had said.