Chittoor encounter: Victims’ kin lodge police complaint
Alleging foul play in the gunning down of 20 people in a police operation, the relatives of the victims on Sunday lodged a police complaint in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.
Seeking registration of a criminal case against the Red Sanders Anti-Smuggling Task Force (comprising police and forest personnel), kin of 20 woodcutters from Tamil Nadu approached Chandragiri police station under the Tirupati Urban District Police and lodged a complaint accusing them of killing their relatives. “In their complaint, they have expressed doubts on the firing incident and alleged it was fake. They have sought necessary action as per law against the Red Sanders Anti Smuggling Task Force personnel,” said Tirupati (West Sub-Division) DSP K Srinivasulu.
Some of the relatives alleged that the incident was a “planned murder” by AP Police. “They (people killed in the incident) were only labourers who came to Chittoor for building and construction work. We want registration of case against police and forest officials. A CBI probe should be carried out,” they said.
However, no fresh case was filed following the complaint, Tirupati (East Sub-Division) DSP R Ravishanker Reddy said. “Two cases were already registered in connection with the incident based on complaints lodged by forest officials," Srinivasulu said.