The Special Investigation Team probing the 2015 encounter, in which police shot dead 20 labourers hired by suspected red sanders smugglers, has filed its final report in a Tirupati court. The report was filed Friday in connection with a case lodged by Muniammal, wife of A Sasi Kumar, one of the woodcutters killed in the encounter.
The report, filed in the Fourth Additional Judicial Magistrate First Class at Tirupati by the SIT’s Investigating Officer, Additional SP N Chandra Sekhar, says that the complaint was false and non-cognizable.
In an FIR filed at Chandragiri police station, Muniammal had said that her husband and others were daily wage labourers who were going to find work when the policemen took them away and shot them dead.
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Sekhar told The Indian Express, “In our investigation, we found no truth in her complaint so we filed a final report in the court today. A chargesheet cannot be filed.’’
The SIT, however, filed a chargesheet against several woodcutters who are shown as absconding.
The Andhra Pradesh government had constituted the SIT on April 20, 2015, to investigate the incident that took place in Seshachalam forest in Chittoor district. All the 20 men hailed from Tamil Nadu.
The SIT is also supposed to report to the Andhra Pradesh High Court, which is also hearing a PIL in the matter.
Representing the families of the 20 men who were killed by the Red Sanders Anti-Smuggling Task Force in the incident, advocate P P Mohan challenged the closure report filed by the SIT.
Besides Mohan, three other counsels from Tamil Nadu appeared on Muniammal’s behalf Friday.
The court has taken their petitions, asking the SIT for copies of final report filed along with all annexures. The court has stated that the orders will be passed only after perusal of the final report submitted by the SIT.
The PIL before the High Court is to come up for hearing on June 3.