The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday justified police firing at red sanders "smugglers" in Chittoor district, in which 20 people, mostly from Tamil Nadu, were killed, saying it was done in self-defence.
CPI(M) on Wednesday demanded a judicial inquiry into the killing of 20 people during a police operation against Red Sanders smugglers in Andhra Pradesh.
At least 20 smugglers were killed on Tuesday in two gunfights with police in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district, police said.
Condemning the police action in Chittoor district, parties in Tamil Nadu claimed that poor labourers from the state were among the victims.
Police on Thursday gunned down three red sander smugglers in the forests near Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district, bordering Tamil Nadu.
According to disaster management department, 84,769 people have been evacuated to safer places. The authorities opened 225 relief camps.
An ongoing encounter between suspected terrorists and police in Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh has claimed the life of one policeman and left another injured.