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Seshachalam encounter kills 20 wood cutters all from Tamil Nadu


April 7, 2015 - Hyderabad

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Andhra Pradesh po0lice killed as many as 20 woodcutters in an encounter in the Seshachalam forest area early on Tuesday morning.

All the killed are from Villapuram, Tiruvannamali and Vellore districts of neighbouring Tamil Nadu. The incident took place with the Red Sanders Anti-Smuggling Task Force and forest department personnel came face to face with the smugglers and woodcutters.

Self-defence: RSASTF DIG M Kanta Rao said that the encounter took place around 5am at Cheekamagulagunta at Srivari Mettu. He said that hundreds of smugglers feeling trees in the forests and the warnings of the police were unheard and they rained stones on the force. The police have to open fire in self-defence. The remaining smugglers fled the scene. 11 cops were injured and were shifted to Sri Venkateswara Ramnarayana Ruia Government hospital.

Orders inquiry: The District Collector Siddarth Jain has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the entire incident. DRO Vijay Chandra heads the 8 member team and will submit a report within a fortnight.

Chief Minister briefs to Governor: Chief Minster Nara Chandrababu Naidu held a high-level meeting with DGP JV Ramudu and other senior officials. He later briefed of the same to the Governor ESL Narasimhan. Chief Minister has directed the DGP to handover bodies of the slain smugglers to their respective families after post-mortem and publish their photographs.

Notices to Chief Secretary and DGP:The National Human Rights Commission issued notices to the State Chief Secretary and DGP seeking an explanation on the encounter. A member of the commission observed that the ‘opening of fire cannot be justified on the ground of self-defence since it resulted in the loss of lives of 20 persons’. NHRC sought a report within two months.

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