Police Firing at anti-sterlite protesters pre-planned?

Oscar Cross
May 23, 2018

In the notice to seeking replies from Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP), the NHRC has sought reply on police firing within two weeks.

The enquiry announced to probe these brutal killings should be headed by a sitting judge of the Madras High Court, it said.

District Collector N Venkatesh said the prohibitory orders were extended in Vembar, Kulathur, Arumugamangalam, Vedanatham, Ottapidaram and Eppodum Vendran in Thoothukudi district. No time frame was set for the probe commission to submit its report.

Police said almost 5000 protesters gathered near a local church and insisted on taking out a rally to the district collectorate after they were denied permission to march to the copper smelter plant. Aruna was part of the bench that gave a clean chit to the police in February 2015, for alleged fake encounters in Velachery that killed five men suspected of bank robbery.

Anti-Sterlite protest in Tuticorin turns violent agitators fight pitched battles with police

With the death toll in police firing rising to 10, an uneasy calm on Wednesday gripped Tamil Nadu's port town Thoothukudi where widespread violence erupted a day earlier during protests against the Sterlite Copper Smelting plant.

Hurling stones and setting government vehicles and public property on fire, the agitators went on the rampage in the town, the police said.

The government of Tamil Nadu, Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and the Tuticorin district administration are squarely responsible for allowing the situation to get to this unfortunate state by allowing Vedanta Sterlite to violate environmental and land use planning laws with impunity for over two decades. "The state government should hold talks with all stake-holders", the party said in its statement.

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