Tamil leaders react strongly to AP encounter killings

Leaders have demanded a special probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court, while blaming the state government for its failure.

April 07, 2015 02:50 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 06:11 pm IST - CHENNAI

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi blamed the failure of the state government for the loss of 20 lives.

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi blamed the failure of the state government for the loss of 20 lives.

Leaders of political parties from Tamil Nadu have reacted strongly to the killing of 20 persons, including 12 Tamil workers, in Andhra Pradesh in police firing for their alleged involvement in red sander smuggling. 

DMK leader M. Karunanidhi said even though there were incidents of smuggling and police firing for quite some time, the failure on the part of both the state government had led to the loss of 20 lives. 

“At least now both the governments should wake up to the situation and take remedial measures to prevent similar incidents in the future,” he said. PMK leader S. Ramadoss said though there was no doubt that those who were behind felling and smuggling of red sander should brought to book, the actions of the Andhra Pradesh police — firing indiscriminately and killing 20 persons — was unjustifiable.

He said all the 12 Tamil workers killed in the police firing had gone to Andhra Pradesh to work in granite quarries and to fell trees. “They were promised between Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 5,000 per month. Instead of conducting a proper inquiry, the police had killed them on the pretext of self-defence,” he alleged. 

Dr. Ramadoss said already over 3,000 Tamils had been arrested in connection with red sander smuggling, and a bus owned by the state transport corporation had been confiscated for smuggling wood. “Since the Tamil Nadu government had not taken any action, it emboldened the Andhra Pradesh police,” he said, and demanded an inquiry into the incident by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court. 

Claiming that no warning was issued before firing on those who were allegedly involved in red sander smuggling, TNCC president E.V.K.S. Elangovan said the action of the Andhra Pradesh police officials gave rise to suspicion. 

“Of late a lot of illegal and unwanted activities have been reported in the name of curbing red sander smuggling. The government should order an inquiry into the incident by officials from both Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh,” he said in a statement. 

Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol. Thirumavalavan demanded an unconditional apology from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and an inquiry by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court. 

He said when people from Andhra Pradesh was killed in a collapse of a multi-storeyed building in Chennai, the Chief Minister made a visit and ensured proper compensation to the families of the victims. “Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam also should visit the spot,” he urged.

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