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Tuticorin Protest LIVE: One More Feared Dead in Police Firing as Sterlite Stir Continues

News18.com | May 23, 2018, 6:33 PM IST
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One more person died as Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin continued to burn over protests against the Vedanta group's Sterlite Copper plant. The protesters set two police vehicles were set on fire on Wednesday. The Tamil Nadu government has constituted a one member inquiry committee of retired Judge Aruna Jagadeesan to probe the issue after 11 people were killed in police firing on Tuesday. Thirty others were left injured as a mob of 20,000 people went on a rampage demanding the copper unit Thoothukudi in be shut down because it has been polluting the area. Earlier, the Union Home Ministry on Asked the Tamil Nadu government to provide details of the incident. DMK working president MK Stalin came down heavily on the state government for failing to contain the incident and asked why protesters were they not forewarned. “Who ordered the police firing on protestors? Why were automatic weapons used to disperse the crowd and under what law is this permitted? Why were rubber/ plastic bullets or other means NOT used to avoid fatal injuries? Why was no warning given before firing?” tweeted Stalin.

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May 23, 2018 6:33 pm (IST)


Amid the continuing protest in Tuticorin, Nellai has shut communication services, including Whatsapp and Facebook.

May 23, 2018 5:36 pm (IST)

The enraged IPS officer from Gujarat also tweeted: 

May 23, 2018 5:33 pm (IST)

Sanjiv Bhatt, IPS offcier from Gujarat, who was instrumental in filing an affidavid in the Supreme Court of India against the the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, on Modi's role in the 2002 Gujarat riots, detested the Thoothukudi volence in Tamil Nadu over the demand of permanent closure of the Sterlite copper plant. 

May 23, 2018 5:30 pm (IST)

Violence during a protest in Tuticorin, seeking permanent closure of Sterlite copper plant over alleged pollution issues saw police resort to firing against protestors which has left at least 10 dead and several persons including police personnel injured. Sterlite had got consent to construct the second unit, as the existing unit remained shut for nearly two months now after the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board refused to renew its consent to operate (CTO) the unit.

May 23, 2018 5:29 pm (IST)

Fathima Babu in her petition had sought a stay on the environmental clearance to Vedanta's copper smelter unit. She also wanted exemplary cost to be imposed on the company for damaging the environment. The petitioner submitted that Vedanta Limited should be restrained from carrying out activities in the lands on which the proposed copper smelter-unit II was being constructed.

May 23, 2018 5:28 pm (IST)

On May 17, the Pollution Control Board had reserved its order for June 6 on an appeal by Sterlite Copper challenging its decision. The High Court had on the same day (May 17) reserved orders on a PIL seeking quashing of the environmental clearance granted to Vedanta's copper smelter unit.

May 23, 2018 5:26 pm (IST)

A bench comprising Justice M Sundar and Justice Anitha Sumanth passed the order staying construction of Vedanta's (formerly Sterlite Industries Limited) second unit in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, on a petition filed by environmental activist Fathima Babu. The bench also directed the Central government to submit within four months a report after holding a public hearing in the district to invite public opinion on the plan for expansion.

May 23, 2018 5:13 pm (IST)

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court today has stayed the expansion of the Vedanta's copper smelter plant in Tuticorin district, amid a continuing agitation against the Sterlite Copper plant.

May 23, 2018 5:04 pm (IST)

In Tuticorin's Anna Nagar area, petrol bombs were hurled at the police by the protesters. Situation is tense, as public ire showed little sign of abating.

May 23, 2018 4:52 pm (IST)

The Tamil Nadu government today appointed a one-person Commission of Inquiry, headed by a retired judge of the Madras High Court to probe the violence at Tuticorin in which 12 people are killed, thus far. The inquiry will cover the "law and order incidents following the siege of the District Collectorate by thousands of persons violating prohibitory orders," a state government release said. Appointing retired Judge Aruna Jagadeesan for the task, the government said she would submit her report to the government. However, the time-frame for submitting the report has not been specified. 

May 23, 2018 4:47 pm (IST)

Meanwhile, the CPI also"severely" condemned the "brutal" killings and demanded the resignation of the AIADMK government in the state. The party alleged the Vedanata group, which owns the Sterlite Copper plant, enjoys the "patronage" of the RSS-BJP. Besides, the CPI(M) asked for a sitting judge of the Madras High Court to head the enquiry announced to probe the killings. "It is a well-known fact that Vedanta groups enjoys full patronage from the RSS-BJP-led Modi government which helped the group expand the unit without the approval of the state pollution board," the party said.

May 23, 2018 4:36 pm (IST)

The CPI(M) also demanded accountability of those responsible for the "merciless shooting" of protesters and immediate initiation of legal proceedings against them. The party said in a statement, "the protests arose because of the inadequate response of the state administration to the genuine apprehensions of the people concerning air, water and ground contamination. The Politiburo demands that plant should be shut immediately and the state government should hold talks with all stake-holders."

May 23, 2018 4:27 pm (IST)


The CPI(M) today demanded immediate shut down of the Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin, while condemning the act of police firing on protesters, which killed 10 people. The party said that the "brutality" of the state police was revealed in the fact that many of those killed and injured had bullet injuries in their heads and faces.

May 23, 2018 4:21 pm (IST)

Chennai HC has issued order to preserve the dead bodies who got killed in police firing in Thoothukudi at a protest over lack of clean air due to the air pollution caused by the Sterlite copper plant. So far, the death toll is at 12.

May 23, 2018 4:16 pm (IST)

Jignesh Mevani tweeted his discontentment over the Thoothukudi violence during a protest demanding for the closure of Vedanta group's Sterlite Copper plan pover environmental pollution concerns.

May 23, 2018 3:53 pm (IST)

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has canceled his vacation and he is leaving for Chennai after the Tuticorin incident

May 23, 2018 3:38 pm (IST)

DMDK chief Vijayakanth writes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for permanent closer of Sterlite Copper plant in Tamil Nadu

May 23, 2018 3:26 pm (IST)

The Union Home Secretary has spoken to the Tamil Nadu chief secretary over the violence in Tuticorin that has resulted in the death of 11 people. The Centre said it is ready to send more force if any needed. 

May 23, 2018 2:51 pm (IST)

One more feared dead in police firing as Sterlite stir continues

May 23, 2018 2:20 pm (IST)

A case has been filed against Kamal Haasan for visiting Thoothukudi‬, despite section 144 being imposed in the area

May 23, 2018 1:53 pm (IST)

Rajinikanth tweets an video message on Thoothukudi‬ Violence | "I offer my condolence to the families of victims of the protests. I condemn the firing in Thoothukudi‬." At least nine people were killed in police firing during the Thoothukudi protest demanding the closure of Vedanta group's Sterlite Copper plant over pollution concerns.

May 23, 2018 1:39 pm (IST)

Chief Minister of Puducherry V.Narayanasamy took to Twitter to express his condolence to the families of those who lost their lives during the Thoothukudi‬ violence. 

May 23, 2018 1:29 pm (IST)

Two Police buses were set on fire by protestors in Thoothukudi‬ violence. At least nine people were killed in police firing during protest demanding the closure of Vedanta group's Sterlite Copper plant over pollution concerns.

May 23, 2018 1:18 pm (IST)

Madurai bench of Madras High Court stays construction of a new copper smelter by Sterlite industries in Thoothukudi.

May 23, 2018 1:16 pm (IST)

Retired Judge Aruna Jagadeesan to Head Inquiry Committee | Retired Judge Aruna Jagadeesan has been appointed to head the one-member inquiry committee set up by the government to probe into the Thoothukudi incident where 11 people were killed in police firing during a protest demanding the closure of Vedanta group's Sterlite Copper plant.

May 23, 2018 1:10 pm (IST)

Kanimozhi calls Thoothukudi‬ incident a cold-blooded Murder | In a conversation with CNN-News18, Kanimozhi reacts to the incident at Thoothukudi‬, where nine people were killed in police firing during a protest demanding the closure of Vedanta group's Sterlite Copper plant over pollution concerns. "This is murder by the govt..what was the need for police and govt to open fire..to water or tear gas was used..it is cold-blooded murder."

May 23, 2018 1:06 pm (IST)

The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that more than ten persons were killed in police firing on anti-Sterlite protestors when their three-month-old agitation turned violent on its 100th day in Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu on the 22nd May, 2018. Reportedly, the protesters attacked the Collectorate building and the police personnel posted there, leaving a few cops injured and some vehicles torched. Thereafter, the police retaliated with firing. The fleeing protesters were reportedly chased down and beaten up by the police. The Commission has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu calling for detailed reports in the matter along with the status of the treatment being provided to the persons who have been injured in police firing. The response is expected within two weeks. 

May 23, 2018 1:03 pm (IST)

Home Ministry asks Tamil Nadu govt to provide details of Thoothukudi‬ Incident  | The Centre on Wednesday asked the Tamil Nadu government to provide details of the incident at Tuticorin, where nine people were killed in police firing during a protest demanding the closure of Vedanta group's Sterlite Copper plant over pollution concerns. Union Home Ministry officials said the ministry is in touch with the state government over the developments in the port town in the southern state. The home ministry has asked the state government to provide details of the incident at Thoothukudi‬, an official said.

May 23, 2018 12:54 pm (IST)

'Why Were Automatic Weapons Used to Disperse Crowd?': Stalin on Thoothukudi Police Firing | DMK working president MK Stalin came down heavily on the state government led by Palaniswami for failing to contain the anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi that left at least 11 people dead in alleged police firing on Tuesday. Stalin wanted to know why were protesters not forewarned. “Who ordered the police firing on protestors? Why were automatic weapons used to disperse the crowd and under what law is this permitted? Why were rubber/ plastic bullets or other means NOT used to avoid fatal injuries? Why was no warning given before firing?”tweeted Stalin.

May 23, 2018 12:53 pm (IST)

Tuticorin’s Sterlite Plant No Stranger to Controversy, Had Faced Closure Once  | The violence over Sterlite copper smelting plant in Thoothukudi, or Tuticorin as it is more commonly known, in which at least 11 people were killed on Tuesday in police firing was not the first time that the unit has captured national headlines for all the wrong reasons. Sterlite Copper, previously called Sterlite Industries, is part of Vedanta Ltd, which is a subsidiary of the UK-based metal conglomerate, Vedanta Resources. It is mainly involved in mining copper in Tuticorin. The city unit includes a smelter, a refinery, a phosphoric acid plant, a copper rod plant and three captive power plants. The plant was set up in 1997. Locals, as well as environmental rights groups, say that the unit is a major source of local groundwater and air pollution and that the smelter has caused severe environmental damage to the area.

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