Indians Balachandran (L) and Sekar (R) - only names given - both claiming to be eyewitnesses of a police encounter, attend a press conference in New Delhi
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India sandalwood deaths 'staged by police', claim witnesses

India's National Human Rights Commission has ordered an investigation into the killing of 20 alleged sandalwood smugglers last week, after hearing the testimony of two witnesses.

The two men have contested the police's account that the victims were shot in an exchange, suggesting instead that the killings were staged "encounter" deaths.

The police have denied the claim.

Sanjoy Majumder reports from Delhi.

  • 13 Apr 2015