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Chittoor killings: Govt submits first autopsy report to HC

india Updated: Apr 20, 2015 13:41 IST
Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday submitted before the Hyderabad High Court the first postmortem report of 20 people, who were killed in police firing in Seshachalam forests of Chittoor district on April 7.

The High Court was also informed that the "re-postmortem" of six of the victims was also conducted in Tamil Nadu. However, reports of the same were awaited.

A division bench of Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice P V Sanjay Kumar directed the Registrar General to instruct Osmania General Hospital to submit their report (second postmortem) before it by April 22.

The High Court had last week ordered fresh autopsies of six victims of the police firing in Seshachalam forests.

Twenty people were gunned down in Seshachalam hill ranges of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh on April 7 in an operation by the police.

The High Court had on April 13 made Muniyammal, the wife of one of the victims Sashi Kumar, a co-petitioner in the case filed by Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) which alleges that those killed in the firing were poor labourers from Tamil Nadu.

In her complaint with Chandragiri police in Chittoor, Muniyammal alleged that "it was not an encounter death (as claimed by the police) but was a well-planned and organised crime, committed by the STF (special task force of police)."

Subsequently, based on her complaint, AP police registered an FIR under sections 302 (murder) and 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) against "unknown" STF personnel.