NEW DELHI: Following a major protest over the encounter of 20 alleged wood smugglers, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Friday briefed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the matter.

The Tamil Nadu government has written to the Andhra Pradesh government demanding a quick investigation in the case. The protestors in Tamil Nadu have alleged Human Rights violation in the encounter.

A large number of people including leaders from Tamil Nadu political parties such as DMK, MDMK and the PMK have criticized the encounter and have stated that the ‘illegal woodcutters’ were in actual fact daily wage workers employed by red sanders smugglers.

While approximately 100 activists had gathered on Tuesday demanding an action against the officers who were involved in the encounter, fresh protests have erupted in Chittoor and Chennai against the killing of red sanders ‘smugglers’ today.

The protestors demand a judicial investigation into the killings of 20 alleged smugglers headed by a Supreme Court judge. The political parties on the other hand have demanded an adequate compensation for the families of the victims.

A joint team of special police and forest officials shot dead a group of 20 men engaged by smugglers to cut down prized red sanders trees deep inside the forests of Seshachalam in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of Tuesday. 

This is the biggest ever ‘encounter’ in South India and has left several in fury who tag this as a ‘fake encounter’.

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