HYDERABAD: An FIR has been filed against the Special Task Force (STF) policemen for murder and abduction of 20 alleged red sander smugglers on April 7 in Chittoor district, police told Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday. (Also Read: AP Encounter: Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu briefs Home Minister Rajnath Singh)
The FIR was filed after a complaint from the wife of the deceased was registered. The petitioner also appealed for re-post mortem of bodies of those killed in an apparent encounter and the matter will be taken up on Thursday now.
In a big operation, the special police force and forest officials killed 20 alleged red sandalwood smugglers inside the forests near Tirupati in Chittoor district. (Also Read: Andhra Pradesh: Police kill 20 sandalwood smugglers)
The encounter began after the Red Sanders Anti-Smuggling Task Force (RSASTF) and forest officials marked the alleged smugglers within the forest area.
According to the Andhra Pradesh Police officials, approximately 100 red smugglers were caught by the joint team of forest officials and police. The 20 alleged smugglers were killed after they attacked the RSASTF and forest officials with stones and axes after which the security agencies opened fire, they said.
A political storm too has erupted where several political parties have alleged that 20 alleged smugglers were actually labourers killed by the STF.
On the other hand, Tamil Nadu government had announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh families of 20 people killed in Chittoor encounter.
Most of the victims come from different divisions of Tamil Nadu including Tiruvanamalai, Vellore and Salem.