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Probe against erring STF personnel soon: NHRC

Announcing relief of Rs 2.80 cr to 89 victims, the National Human Rights Commission said a probe would be constituted against the erring officials.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2007 23:29 IST

Announcing an interim relief of Rs 2.80 crore to 89 victims of atrocities committed by the Joint Special Task Force set up by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to apprehend forest brigand Veerappan, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday said a probe would be soon constituted against the erring officials.

"Our priority is to provide justice to victims. However, we would set parameters soon on how to go about the identification of guilty officials responsible for violation of human rights," Shiv Raj Patil, acting chairperson of the commission, said.

"To avoid procedural delays, we have directed the two governments to distribute monetary relief to all those victims living in their states within four weeks," he added.

The recommendations were based on the suggestions made by the two members of Sadashiva Panel constituted by the commission in 1999 to look into all the aspects of the allegations made by the complainants approaching the NHRC.

The amount of monetary relief is based on the gravity of crime.

"We have recommended Rs 5 lakhs each as interim relief to the next of kin of the persons who were killed in suspicious encounters. In three cases of illegal detention and outrage of modesty, interim relief of Rs 3 lakhs has been declared while a woman who was victim of repeated rape will get Rs 5 lakhs," said Patil.

Similarly, the commission has directed the state governments to give interim relief of Rs 2 lakhs each to three woman who were victims of detention, assaultand electric shocks.

First Published: Jan 15, 2007 23:26 IST