20 shot dead by STF, as they were smuggling red sandal wood

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Twenty woodcutters procured by red-sander bootleggers were killed in an encounter with the Special Task Force in Seshachalam slope ranges close Tirupati in the weel hours of Tuesday. This is the most noteworthy loss of life in a solitary encounters ever sanders sneaking.

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While 11 persons were executed in Cheekatikona, nine more died in Eethagunta, both somewhere down in the woods, around 10 k.m. from the closest human residence.

The Special Task Force individuals, who were occupied with brushing operations in Srinivasa Mangapuram, Srivarimettu and Eethagunta ranges of Chandragiri Mandal adjoining the Tirumala slopes subsequent to Monday, discovered more than 100 woodcutters occupied with the errand of felling trees.

The policemen requesting that they surrender, however the woodcutters hailing from Tiruvannamalai and Salem regions of Tamil Nadu drizzled stones and heaved sickles at them, compelling the STF to start shooting in self-defence.

Toward the end of the operation going on for a few hours, 20 persons were discovered dead. While affirming the quantity of passings, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Special Task Force) M. Kantha Rao looked for of an opportunity time to confirm the criminal forerunners of the dead.

The bodies were strewn everywhere throughout the experience spot.

Smugglers from Tamil Nadu

Additional Director-General of Police (Law and request) R P. Thakur said that on data, that huge number of red-sander dealers had sneaked into Seshachalam backwoods, the special task force came to the spot of crime and palnned an ambush. At the point when the security faculty faced the dealers, some of whom were conveying red sanders logs, they assaulted them, he said.

He said that the greater part of the dealers were from Tamil Nadu and they generally come in hundreds when they attempt to pirate the valuable wood. A few different runners had gotten away.

In the mean time, Director-General of Police, J.V. Ramudu met Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu and informed him on the episode.

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