It also recommended a compensation of Rs five lakh each to the dependents in this case. The rights panel's recommendation came considering the background of the victims, the delay in registration of FIR, improvements made by the officers of the state government and the nature of weapons allegedly seized from the spot.

Talking to reporters in Chennai, NHRC Member Justice D Murugesan said, "There are good grounds to think that there was serious violation of human rights of the 20 persons who were killed by Special Task Force personnel on April 7 in Sheshachalam forest of Chittoor district."

He added, out of the 20 people who lost their lives, 13 belonged to Scheduled Tribe community and were eligible to receive financial assistance under the Scheduled Caste/Schedule Tribe Act. "We have also recommended the Andhra Pradesh government to give additional financial assistance to the 13 people", Murugesan sought.

The NHRC also observed that the victims were very poor and their families suffering under deprivation. "The families cannot be allowed to starve and die waiting for the final outcome of the enquiry by NHRC or investigation by an unbiased investigating agency," said the rights panel member.

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