Chennai, Feb 28 (PTI) A PIL was filed in the Madras High Court today, alleging that over 500 suspected woodcutters from Tamil Nadu had been illegally detained by Andhra Pradesh police and seeking a direction for appropriate action against ‘erring officials’ of that state.
Advocate P Pugalenthi, in his petition, submitted that these persons had been ‘illegally’ detained by police of that state without even the knowledge of the Tamil Nadu government.
He prayed that the court immediately intervene and direct the Andhra Pradesh Home Secretary and the DGP of that state to take appropriate action against their ‘erring officials.’ Pugalenthi submitted that in 2017, more than 500 persons, suspected be woodcutters and living in various parts of Tamil Nadu, had been arrested by Andhra Pradesh police without the knowledge of their Tamil Nadu counterparts.
He alleged that Andhra Pradesh police would come to Chennai and other places in Tamil Nadu ‘as per their whims and fancies’, take these persons to an unknown place, torture them and produce them before a judicial magistrate in Andhra Pradesh after even a month of their arrests.
The PIL is likely to be taken up for hearing by the first bench, headed by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee, on March 2.
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