Chennai: With growing pressure and allegations of human rights violations, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has called up Home Minister Rajnath Singh to brief him on the on killing of sandalwood smugglers in Chittoor.
Sources said the Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a detailed report.
Protests are underway in Chittoor and Chennai over the killings of twenty wood smugglers. Several political parties in Tamil Nadu including the DMK, MDMK and the PMK have condemned the encounter and have said that the illegal woodcutters were actually daily wage workers employed by red sanders smugglers.
The Tamil Nadu government has written to the Andhra Pradesh government demanding a speedy probe into the case. Protestors in Tamil Nadu have alleged human rights violations in the encounter.
Nearly 100 activists gathered on Tuesday demanding that action be taken against the officers who were involved in the encounter. They are demanding a judicial probe into the killings headed by a Supreme Court judge. The party also demanded that adequate compensation be given to families of the victims.
The business establishments owned by Andhra people were also targeted at some places in Chennai. The police have detained several protestors.
Most of the victims come from different parts of Tamil Nadu including Tiruvanamalai, Vellore and Salem.