//Encounter death: victim's kin to move court

Encounter death: victim's kin to move court

KOLLAM: The relatives of Tillery Shaji, who was killed in an alleged encounter with the police at Mangalore last week, have decided to move the Kerala High Court with a plea for ordering an independent inquiry into Shaji’s death.

The decision is in the wake of a new twist to the death following the statement from a Mangalore-based civil liberties activist that he had seen Shaji in the custody of the Mangalore police three days before the latter’s alleged encounter death.

Ronald Paul, who claims to be the Mangalore convener of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), told presspersons here on Wednesday that when he had gone to the Mangalore North police station earlier last week for obtaining mike sanction for a human rights conference organised by the PUCL on January 21, he had seen Shaji being brutally beaten up by four policemen inside a hall on the first floor of the police station.

When he went to the police station on the second day too, he saw Shaji inside the same hall begging for water.At that time he thought Shaji could be a thief interrogated by the police.It was when Shaji’s photos were published in local newspapers after the encounter death that he recalled it was the same person he had seen at the police station.

Shaji’s relatives said that they would submit Mr. Paul’s version as an affidavit along with their plea to the High Court. Mr. Paul said that he had come on his own to Kollam to meet Shaji’s relatives to reveal the facts he had witnessed. Shaji’s relatives, meanwhile, sent a letter to the Mangalore police demanding the post mortem report