news Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 05:30
The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) on Saturday, restored partial services to its neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, after staying off the road for nearly ten days owing to the protests against the Andhra Pradesh state government for the death of 20 alleged smugglers in a police encounter which occured in the Seshachalam forest. According to a report in The Hindu, the routes where services have resumed are, Chittoor to Vellore, Kuppam toKrishnagiri, Nagari to Tiruthani to Kanchipuram and Nagari to Tiruthani to Chennai, while the trunk road links Nellore with Chennai.  Around eight buses belonging to APSRTC were damaged by members of the Tamilar Munnetra Kazhagam at the Koyambedu bus terminal in Chennai on April 7 follwoing which services were cancelled. Many human rights groups and activists have called the police's version of the encounter, fake. Three workers, R Sekar from Tiruvannamalai district, Balamurugan from Dharmapuri district and Ilangovan from Malakanavayoor village in Tiruvannamalai district who claim to be witnesses have appeared before the National Human Rights Comission (NHRC), claiming that the encounter was staged and recorded their statements.  The Hyderabad High Court has also ordered a fresh autopsy report of five of the twenty woodcutters who were killed.   
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