61 Held by AP Cops on Paper, Rest Missing

Published: 14th April 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th April 2015 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

NELLORE/VELLORE/DHARMAPURI:The Andhra Pradesh Police are believed to have nabbed around 150 woodcutters from Tamil Nadu during a combing operation in Seshachalam Reserve Forest over the past two days.

However, they have revealed the arrest of only 61 and the whereabouts of the remaining persons remain in the dark. Reliable sources said that the Nellore and Kadapa district police have arrested around 150 woodcutters from Tamil Nadu from Venkatagiri, Rapur, Marripadu and Veligonda forest area in Seshachalam RF on Saturday and Sunday. The police have also seized red sander logs worth over Rs 2 crore from them.

Nellore police have showed the arrest of only 61 persons and registered cases against them.

However, there is no information about the arrest of the rest of the group in the forest area in Kadapa district on the same day.

In Dharmapuri, PMK MP  Anbumani Ramadoss paid a visit to the family of the seven victims in Chittari hills and said he would raise the issue in the parliament.

Meanwhile, NHRC chairman K G Balakrishnan directed recording of statements of two people who claimed to be part of the group of loggers. “I’ve directed to record their statements and we will take action based on it,” he said.

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