Bihar demands Tamil Nadu to probe the encounter

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Patna, Feb 24: The Bihar government on Friday, Feb 24 demanded Tamil Nadu to probe the killing of five men, including four from Bihar, who were shot dead Tamil Nadu police suspected to be involved in robberies at two suburban bank branches on Feb 22 late night.

Reacting to the matter, Bihar Animal Husbandry Minister Griraj Singh said that the state government has taken up the issue seriously and asked the Tamil Nadu government to inquire into the killings.

"The Tamil Nadu government should inquire whether they were killed in a police encounter," the minister said.

Chennai police shot dead the five on Feb 22 midnight in a gun battle in a Chennai residential locality. The dead has been identified as Vinodkumar, Vinaykumar, Harishkumar, Abheykumar and Chandrikhare. While Chandrikhare was from Bihar, the others were from West Bengal.

Police claimed the five people had been staying in a rented apartment, claiming to be students, and they were linked to bank robberies in Chennai since January.

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