Claiming that they were innocent labourers from Tamil Nadu who were lured with higher wages to forests in neighbouring Chittoor, NDA ally, PMK chief Ramadoss said their being shot down without even an inquiry was unacceptable.

Dismissing claims of Andhra Pradesh police that they opened fire in self-defence, he cited "it was a plain lie" and demanded a probe by a sitting judge of Supreme Court besides seeking relief to those killed and action against police officials.

CPI leader D Raja expressed shock that the Andhra Pradesh police could resort to such brutal killings of "labourers" including those hailing from the neighbour state.

"Nobody can approve of such police action. This incident needs a thorough judicial probe and the family members of the victims should also be compensentated," Raja told reporters.

They were in touch with our counterparts in Andhra Pradesh. they were verifying if 12 of those killed were labourers from Thiruvannamalai and Vellore Districts, a top Tamil Nadu police official told reporters.

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