news Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute| July 2, 2014| 01:20 pm IST Guntur: The Andhra Pradesh government has filed a SLP (Special Leave Petition) in the Supreme Court against the High Court’s decision that acquitted all 56 accused in the Tsundur killings of 1991. The killings took place in Tsundur village of the Guntur district. Eight dalits were killed and several dalit homes torched and looted. The attacks were allegedly perpetuated by upper caste men from the village following a long history of ill-will between the Reddys and the dalits aggravated by a slight altercation between a dalit boy and a Reddy boy. Over the next few days, tensions escalated and rumours were spread at the end of which the murders took place. The case was looked into by a Special Court. The Andhra Pradesh police filed a charge-sheet against 219 people out of which the special court found 56 guilty. 21 persons were given a life sentence and 35 were given a one year of rigorous punishment. 33 out of the 56 accused died in course of the trial which lasted for almost 16 years. On April 22, the Andhra Pradesh High Court set aside the special court’s order citing lack of evidence
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