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The enraged IPS officer from Gujarat also tweeted:
In Hindu philosophy, Vedanta signifies the ultimate reconciliation of all the diverse Vedic philosophical and intellectual traditions.— Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS) (@sanjivbhatt) May 23, 2018
It is now the name taken by a corporate house whose hands are stained with the blood of protesting citizens.
Irony just died in Ram Rajya.
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.
The Tuticorin incident should be a wake-up call for all of us.— Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS) (@sanjivbhatt) May 23, 2018
Peaceful protestors were deliberately shot at and killed at Sterlite industries- a Vedanta operation.
This is the classic Gujarat model at work.
AIADMK seems to have sold their sorry asses to the Sanghis! 😠
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
What is happening in #Thoothukudi? Police killing people who are simply demanding clean air to breathe and a better environment to survive in?— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) May 23, 2018
The government has colluded with corporations like #Vedanta - ek aisi rajneeti of profits over people! Absolutely sickening.
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.
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.
1)Firing that took place at the innocent people on their agitation relating to closure of #Sterlite plant at #tuticorin where more than 11 people killed is a very unpardonable & brutal incident which cannot be condoled.#SterliteProtest #TamilNadu #Thoothukudi #TNJallianwalabagh— V.Narayanasamy (@VNarayanasami) May 23, 2018
2)This kind of crushing democratic agitation by the #TamilNadu Government is Barbaric. Police itself is evident from the bullets fired at the chest & face of the agitators. Impartial Judiciary enquire by sitting High Court Judge should be appointed immediately.#SterliteProtest— V.Narayanasamy (@VNarayanasami) May 23, 2018
3) I condole the death of innocent agitators. My sympathy for thier family and state Government should adequately compensate at the family of the deceased.#SterliteProtest #Thoothukudi #TamilNadu #TNJallianwalabagh— V.Narayanasamy (@VNarayanasami) May 23, 2018
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.
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."
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.
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.
'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.
@CMOTamilNadu , why did you or your representatives NOT meet the protestors during the last 100 days? Why was the protest not resolved by your govt during this time? What steps have you taken to allay the environmental concerns of residents of Tuticorin? #SterliteProtest— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) May 23, 2018
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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