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NHRC team begins probe, checks papers

NHRC team begins probe, checks papers
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A National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) team arrived here on Monday to investigate into April 7 encounter in which 20 woodcutters were gunned in Seshachalaram forests. All the loggers came from Tamil Nadu. The NHRC took a suo motu cognizance of the encounter and ordered an investigation into it.

Seshachalam encounter

  • 20 woodcutters were gunned down on April 7
  • Police accused loggers of being red sanders smugglers
  • Human rights activists accuse cops of killing poor labourers in cold blood
Tirupati: A National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) team arrived here on Monday to investigate into April 7 encounter in which 20 woodcutters were gunned in Seshachalaram forests. All the loggers came from Tamil Nadu. The NHRC took a suo motu cognizance of the encounter and ordered an investigation into it.

The NHRC team led by its investigating officers R P Singh and Assistant Investigation officer Mallappa began the probe. They verified important documents relating to the encounter. There is a criticism that the authorities have not been lending support to the NHRC team to further the probe.

Special Investigation Team (SIT) is also investigating into the incident under the direct supervision of High Court at Hyderabad. The NHRC team is likely to inspect two place where encounters took place at Cheekateegalakona and Eethakunta near Srivari Mettu on Tuesday.

It may be recalled that the police had gunned down woodcutters, alleging that the latter had attacked them in Seshachalam forests. The police claimed to have opened fire at the loggers in self-defence. But the Human Rights activists accused the police of killing the poor woodcutters in cold blood.
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