07/04/2015 11:36 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

20 Red Sandalwood Smugglers Killed In Gunfights In Andhra Pradesh

An Indian policeman prepares to throw a tear gas shell at students during a protest in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. A group of pro-Telangana students clashed with police at the Osmania University after they were prevented from taking out a rally towards the Andhra Pradesh state assembly. The students demanded that the Telangana bill should be taken up for discussion in the ongoing session of the assembly. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

HYDERABAD — At least 20 smugglers were killed on Tuesday in two gunfights with police in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district, police said.

The gunfights occurred in Seshachalam forest around 5 am in two places within a radius of one km in Chandragiri mandal of Chittoor, about 500 km from Hyderabad.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Kanta Rao told reporters that over 100 smugglers and labourers helped them to attack policemen, forcing them to open fire in self-defence.

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