Reacting to adverse reactions and protests in Tamil Nadu over the April 7 Chittoor incident in which 20 people from that state were shot dead during an operation said to be against red sanders smugglers, Andhra Pradesh's Communication Advisor Parakala Prabhakar said, "Political parties have their own compulsions and support base, which they have to satisfy".

"We would like political parties to view the whole incident as a smuggler versus law issue and not as a one state versus another state issue,"said  Prabhakar.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu police detained Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazahagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko and about 1,000 of his supporters today while they were on their way to Chittoor to protest against the killing.

When asked if the incident has taken a political colour in Tamil Nadu, Prabhakar said political parties have to come to terms with the law.

"Our appeal is that a (magisterial) enquiry has been ordered (by the AP government) and we should not jump to conclusions," he said.

He said the enquiry would establish the "circumstances" (leading to the firing) and on the basis of the enquiry report, "We can take action or whatever".

Prabhakar pointed out that the country's judiciary is seized of the matter, noting that petitions on the incident have been filed before Hyderabad and Madras High Courts, while the National Human Rights Council (NHRC) has taken cognisance of the matter.

 

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