Fresh autopsies for five woodcutters killed in Chittoor
news Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 05:30
The Hyderabad High Court on Friday, ordered a fresh autopsy report for five woodcutters who were killed in the police encounter at Seshachalam forest on April 7. According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, the interim order was granted, while hearing a petition moved by relatives of the deceased who were seeking fresh autopsies of the bodies which are preserved at the district headquarters hospital in Tiruvannamalai. The petition also seeks to register criminal case on the police officers involved under Section 302 IPC. (murder) The bench ordered a team from the Osmania Hospital to conduct fresh post-mortems in Chennai. Police gunned down 20 woodcutters hired by red sander smugglers in the Seshachalam forest near Tirupati in Chittoor district on April 7. The autopsy on the deceased, all hailing from neighbouring Tamil Nadu, was conducted at a hospital in Tirupati the next day. On Thursday the high court bench had ordered a fresh post-mortem of woodcutter Sashi Kumar. His wife, Muniyammal, lodged a complaint with the Chandragiri police seeking to register a murder case against the police personnel involved in the killing.