10 April, Chennai
The Madras High Court has directed to preserve six bodies of those who were killed on Tuesday for alleged smuggling of red sanders by the Special Task force in Andhra Pradesh.
The bodies would be preserved in the mortuary of a Government hospital in Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. Justice Sathya Narayana said that the Court could not direct any post mortem since the incident did not take place within the jurisdiction of the Madras High Court.
The Advocate General Somayyaji told that the Government did not have any objection and would oblige, if the Court ordered a fresh autopsy.
The direction came in response to a petition by the wife of one of the laborer who was killed. The petitioner contended that apart from the bullet injuries there were cut injuries on the body of Sasikumar.
Meanwhile, tension prevailed in the villages when the bodies arrived from Andhra Pradesh. Relatives and people placed the bodies on the road amidst protests and clashes with the police.
After three days of the incident, AIADMK chief and former Chief Minister Ms. Jayalalithaa has broken her silence on the issue and demanded a thorough probe into the incident. She granted a solatium of two lakh rupees from the party to the bereaved families.