08 April, Chennai
The Tamilnadu Government has announced an ex gratia amount of Rs. 3 Lakh to the family of 20 wood cutters who were killed in yesterday’s shoot out incident at Andhra Pradesh.
In a press release Wednesday , the State Government told that arrangements have been made to bring back the bodies after identification and post mortem.
A team of revenue officials led by the District Collector of Tiruvallur have been assigned the job of completing formalities of handing over the bodies to the relatives.
A team of police officials headed by DIG Mr.Manjunatha are also in Andhra to find out details of Tuesday’s shoot out. The bereaved families of the woodcutters are waiting to receive the bodies of their loved ones and pay their respects.
Meanwhile, the shooting incident on the woodcutters for alleged smuggling has sparked peaceful protests all over the State. All those who indulged in burning effigies, road and rail rokos were arrested.
Political leaders demanded that the Andhra Government should pay an appropriate compensation to the bereaved families and also ensure a speedy inquiry on the incident. One of the labourer who escaped from the shooting said that his colleagues were arrested and kept in custody on Monday and alleged that the incident was a fake encounter.
Opposition parties alleged that the incident was a planned assault on poor woodcutters who were the sole breadwinners of the families and demanded speedy justice to be delivered. They have criticised the Andhra Police for being brutal and ignoring human values and rights.