Killing of 11 & detention of 400 labourers, Accused as Red Sanders Smugglers – Fact finding Report by NCDNTHR
Three Denotified Tribe (DNT) Youth of the Vanniyar community, all below 30 years were killed after arresting and torturing and later stage managing the show of ‘encounter’, by throwing the bodies on the rocks located in the forests and by placing the kit bags and weapons. All three are from the Daniyar Attamoor a village located at the bottom of Javadi hills, Porur Tq, Tiruvannamalai dist. 29-5-2014 is the date of death given by the police.
Fourth person killed in the Kadapa district is A.Veeramani, 35years, from the Vinayakapuram South, Hamlet of Attimala pattu, Vannurpuram Post, Arani Tq, Tiruvannamalai district in the Tamil Nadu, 21-6-2014 is the date of death given by the police.
In 2011 a person called ‘Vaaraadi’ from Tamil Nadu was killed at the Mittaplaem village, in Chandragiri Mandal, Chittoor district, by the forest and Reserve police personnel.
‘Murugan’ a person from Tamil Nadu was killed by the police on the December 2012, in the Karivepakula kona, chamala forest.
The Committee as a group and individually met and talked with various stake holders, along with visiting Daniar Attamoor village and Javadi hills, in view of eliciting first hand information, discussed with the kin of the killed in the ‘encounter’ along with the relatives of the jailed in mates in Andhra Pradesh. The information in the current media and related information in the digital format also closely perused in preparation of this report.
A sample of 11 in mates in the Kadapa jail also reveals that, arrested are from the Polur & Chengam tq, in the Tiruvannamalai dist; Apur Tq, Salem district; Arur Tq, in Dharamapuri dist.; Chinna Selam Tq in the Villupuram dist, hence it could be concluded that the arrested are from the above four districts
Yercaud is a hill station in Salem District, in Tamil Nadu, India. It is located in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats; the hill area is near to the Vellore. As per the 2001 statistics, the total population of the constituency has been put at 2, 96,171. This included 54,246 (18.32 per cent) from Scheduled Tribes (ST) and 64,276 persons (21.70 per cent) from Scheduled Caste (SC) communities. With the Vanniyars’ strength being put at anywhere between 41 per cent and 46 per cent, they are almost evenly placed in strength and make a sizeable vote-bank
As per P. John Breto, Organiser, Tamil Nadu Human Rights Forum, Yercaud Region, the tree cutters are in the grip of red sanders smugglers in the 16 villages of Maramangalam Panchayat. Some of the villages are Koothamedu, Sonapadi, Kootumuthal, Arangam, and Vaazhavandi. Every month scores of tree cutters, head for the Tirupathi Jungles, some return with money, but many end up in the Kadapa Jail.
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