O9 April, Hyderabad
The high court in Hyderabad has directed the police to probe the killing of 20 alleged red sanders smugglers in Andhra Pradesh, which sparked protests by opposition parties in the state and neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
Responding to a petition filed by AP Civil Liberties Committee member Raghunath Wednesday , the court ordered the state director general of police JV Ramudu to submit its report in two days.
Andhra Pradesh police said Wednesday that they have arrested 14 smugglers and seized six vehicles and red sanders wood worth 2.4 lakh rupees from them.
The arrests were made a day after the police shot dead the 20 alleged smugglers, many of whom were said to be labourers from Tamil Nadu.
When contacted, Raghunath said that going by the bullet wounds on the bodies and the placement of red sanders at the site, the civil rights body suspected it was a cold-blooded massacre by the police and sought a probe by CBI.
The court has issued interim orders by directing the police to register the crime, preserve the bodies in proper condition to enable post-mortem by forensic experts and identify the bodies to hand them over to the kith and kin. By posting further hearing for tomorrow, the court has asked.