File cases against policemen
- HC suggests to AP govt. in encounter case
- Seshachalam killings catching fire
HYDERABAD: The High Court, on Friday, ordered the Andhra Pradesh government to register cases against all the police personnel who participated in the encounter in Sheshachalam forests in the early hours of April 7, and postponed the case to April 13.
On April 8, Civil Liberties Committee member Chandrashekar filed a petition in the High Court on the Sheshachalam encounter. Lawyer V Raghunath, arguing the case on behalf of the petitioner, raised questions about the legality of the FIR, which was registered by the Andhra Pradesh police. Responding on it, the High Court has given the direction to the Andhra Pradesh government.
On Friday, the police submitted a report on the encounter incident to the Court. Expressing unhappiness over the report submitted by the police department, the Court asked the police whether the police department filed cases against the police who participated in the encounter or not? The Court directed the Director General of Police (DGP) JV Ramudu to submit a comprehensive report to the Court.
Meanwhile, the High Court expressed unhappiness over the report stating that it has no mention of the incident of smugglers attack on police and police firing on smugglers.
On the other hand, tension continuing at Andhra Pradesh-Tamilnadu boarder. MDMK chief Vaigo tried to enter the Andhra Pradesh State along with 500 supporters to seize the Chittoor Collector office. Tension prevailed when Veluru police detained him. Speaking on this occasion, Vaigo demanded the immediate arrest and slapping of murder charges against the police responsible for the ‘fake encounter and killing of 20 Tamils’. He also demanded the Government to probe the incident by a sitting Supreme Court judge and sought compensation to the families of 20 woodcutters killed in the encounter which he termed as fake.
Andhra Pradesh Police department took security measures by placing huge force at Andhra-Tamilnadu border places—Gudipala, Yadamarri, Gangadelluru and other places.
Naidu writes to TN CM
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has written a letter to his counterpart in Tamil Nadu on the encounter that took place in Seshachalam forest on Tirumala hills in Chittoor district, in which 20 persons were killed.
There were protests in Tamil Nadu over killing of 20 persons who hailed from that state, who were red sandalwood labourers.
In a letter to TamilNadu chief minister Panneerselvam, the AP Chief Minister has appraised him about the circumstances that led to the encounter. He also informed him that a magisterial inquiry is going on in to the encounter.
Naidu also informed about the steps taken to prevent smuggling of red sandalwood from the state. (NSS)