In the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh, police shot dead 20 alleged stone-throwing sandalwood smugglers near the town of Tirupati.   

Andhra Pradesh Police Chief J.V. Ramudu told reporters on Tuesday that a police task force had come under a hail of stones launched by around one hundred stone-throwing smugglers.

However, Human Rights Forum General Secretary V.S. Krishna said the protesters were unarmed labourers and demanded an investigation.  It was a fake encounter. 

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