Killing of red sanders ‘smugglers’ ‘serious violation of human rights’ says NHRC
Tamil Nadu has been rocked by massive protests against the alleged killing of as many as 20 red-sanders smugglers. Police claim that they killed 20 people in retaliatory firing.
But, apparently people and protesters have a different story to tell.
Reports suggest that ‘Tamilaga Valvurimai Katchi’ members held rallies in many parts of the state following the killings. They claimed that the 20 people were illegally killed by police. The protesters claimed that police ” took law into their own hands by opening fire on Tamil Nadu labourers.”
They claimed that instead of firing at the laborers, they could have been arrested and prosecution could be launched in accordance with law. Protesters demonstrated in front of establishments with an Andhra Pradesh link like the Andhra Club. Also, protests were held in front of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation buses at Koyambedu here and Kancheepuram.
While talking about the death of 20 people, a Cuddalore report, quoting police, said party president T Velmurugan and about 400 activists were taken into custody at Neyveli when they tried to picket a marriage hall owned by the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam (TTD). Some party activists were taken into custody for trying to picket the Andhra Bank. Political parties in Tamil Nadu like the DMK, BJP, PMK, had earlier condemned the “brutal” police action in which they claimed 12 victims were labourers from their state.