news Friday, April 10, 2015 - 05:30
The Madras High Court here on Friday, has denied a second round of post mortems to the remaining 6 bodies of the labourers who were accused of felling red sanders trees in Seshachalam forests in Tirupathi, at the base of Thirumala hills stating that the ‘encounter’ did not happen in Tamil Nadu and is hence outside its jurisdiction. The families of the deceased have also said that they would refuse to take the bodies unless a second round of post mortems was conducted. According to Palanisamy , a local PMK leader who is also related to the families of one of the victims, he said that the next plan was to approach the Andhra Pradesh government. “We are taking all the effort we can, hopefully it doesn’t go waste,” he told TNM after the Madras HC’s decision on Friday morning. “The TN government gives Rs. 10 lakh even for road accident victims, and we have been given only Rs. Two lakh,” he said explaining that relatives of those deceased did not know what to do next. PUCL human rights commission officer V. Suresh has reason to believe that a second round of postmortems is important for this case."In this matter, police statement was that they were doing rounds, early in the morning. After which, they saw the woodcutters and then they were attacked with stones, axes etc." "What we should look at, is how in such an encounter, there were torture marks on the labourers' hands and legs. Skin and muscles were also injured. It must've happened at least 10-15 hours before. It is not possible at all that this happened early in the morning." Speaking to Pudhiya Thalamurai about Sekhar’s escape, he says "This is a very serious matter. This is a murder, not an encounter. Murder is a word that evokes emotion and sympathy. Encounter is a convenient word that revokes the same. The [lack of] sympathy from the word encounter is what policemen use [to their advantage]." Sekhar had earlier claimed to be the eighth member on the bus from which seven of his companions were picked up by the Andhra Pradesh police in plain clothes on Monday morning, a day before the alleged shootout in the Seshachalam forest.  Vaiko, founder and General Secretary of Tamil Nadu based MDMK party said that there should be intervention from the Central Government in order to be able to discern all the facts and figures pertaining to this case.

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