Phone records defy official version of Seshachalam encounter

Published on May 19, 2015 11:10:10 AM
Phone records of four of the 20 people killed in the Seshachalam encounter in April negate the version presented by police regarding the encounter, according to a leading newspaper.

Two FIRs filed by forest officials on the encounter, which occurred in the Seshachalam forest near Tirupati on April 7, claim that the 20 alleged smugglers killed by Andhra Pradesh Police and forest guards were chopping and carrying logs of red sanders in the forest the night before the incident. However, phone records of four of them tell a different story.

A detailed analysis of the Call Detail Record (CDR) shows that two of them reached the encounter spot just three hours before the incident. The records also indicate that the third one had reached the Tamil Nadu-Andhra border, over 100 km away from the encounter site, at around 5.30 pm on April 6, while the cellphone of the fourth one was active till at least 7.55 pm on April 10.

The call records strengthen the account given by the three witnesses in the case to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that those killed in the encounter were picked up by the task force members and forest guards, the day before the encounter.