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Andhra Police under Scanner over Killings of 20 Red Sanders

Tirupati, April 08: The Andhra Pradesh police department has come under scanner over the killings of 20 sandalwood smugglers in an encounter in Chitoor forest range. The reports are coming that many victims were labourers from Tamil Nadu.

Strongly reacting to the incident, Tamil Nadu government condemned the police encounter and termed it as a case of violation of human rights. The Tamil government has announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh each for the kins of 20 red sanders who were killed in the dense forest near Tipupati in Chitoor district yesterday by the Andhra police.

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also asked Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to produce the details report about the encounter.

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police of Andhra Pradesh over the incident giving them two weeks time to reply.

Defending the encounter, Andhra police said that around 100 smugglers in the forest attacked the police with stones and axes.

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