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Anti-Sterlite protest: “Opposition, Anti-Social Elements” instigated Violence, Says Tamil Nadu CM

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Chennai, May 23: Defending the police action against protestors, Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami on Thursday said the entire episode happened primarily because of opposition political parties, NGOs and anti-social elements, who took protestors to a wrong path. 

However, even as a fresh violence was not reported in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin on Thursday, but the death toll risen to thirteen.

The power supply to Sterlite Copper Smelter plant was also disconnected in the morning after Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) ordered its closure with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Internet services to be remain suspended for five days in Thoothukudi. The services were suspended from 9 pm yesterday.

So far, 67 people have been arrested for indulging in violence.

Thousands of protestors went on a rampage demanding the closure of a Sterlite’s industrial plant in the city on Tuesday, citing that the pollution it generates is causing serious health issues.

To control the situation police resorted to firing and lathi-charge. Section 144 has been also imposed in the area.

Updates: 

Palaniswami justifies police firing, says natural course against attack

Incident took place because of Opposition Parties,  NGOs and anti-social elements, Says TN CM 

Stalin detained by TN Police 

DMK stage protest 

CM, DGP Rajendran must resign immediately, says  Stalin

Power supply to Sterlite copper unit disconnected

TamilNadu Pollution Control Board has directed Dist collector of Thoothukudi to disconnect power supply to Sterlite Copper’s smelter. Board found the unit was ‘carrying out activities to resume production’ despite being told not to do so until its licence to operate is renewed.

No fresh violence reported overnight

NHRC issues notice to Chief Secretary, DGP; seeks report within two weeks

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday issued notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary and Director general of police (DGP) over police firing during the anti-sterlite protest in Thoothukudi that claimed 11 lives and sought report within two weeks.

Tamil Nadu government appoints retired judge Aruna Jagadeesan to probe firing

Retired Judge Aruna Jagadeesan has been appointed by the Tamil Nadu government to probe police firing during the anti-sterlite protest in Thoothukudi that claimed 11 lives, news agency ANI reported.

Clashes between locals and police outside General Hospital in Thoothukudi

Why Were Automatic Weapons Used to Disperse Crowd?’, asks Stalin 

CPI(M) hold a protest in Coimbatore

Madras High Court stays expansion of Sterlite plant

DMK calls for an all-party protest on May 25

The DMK called for an all-party protest on May 25 over the matter where 11 people were killed in police firing during protests against Sterlite industries yesterday.

Merely announcing compensation isn’t a solution, Says Haasan after meeting wounded

Kamal Haasan meets injured in Tuticorin Hospital 

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The agitation against the plant, which represents the copper unit of Vedanta Limited, recently escalated after the firm announced the expansion of its unit in the city.

Sterlite Copper, which presently operates a 400,000-tonne per annum, maintains it has received necessary permits and has not violated any guidelines.

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Will Urge Neighbouring States To Use Indigenous Technology To Manage Stubble, Says Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to address the issue of stubble burning.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said he would meet Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and request him to direct neighbouring states to implement a low-cost technology developed by Indian Agricultural Research Institute to manage crop residue.

The technology, called Pusa Decomposer, involves a liquid formulation prepared using Pusa decomposer capsules, fermenting it over 8-10 days and then spraying the mixture on crop residue to ensure speedy bio-decomposition of the stubble. Capsules worth Rs. 20 can effectively deal with 4-5 tonnes of raw straw per acre.

“I will meet the Union environment minister in a day or two and request him to direct neighbouring states to implement this technology,” he told reporters during a visit to the institute.

Farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh set their fields on fire to quickly clear off the crop residue before cultivating wheat and potato every paddy harvesting season between October 15 and November 15. This practice is attributed to the alarming spike in pollution levels in Delhi-NCR during winters.

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COVID-19 : India Cross 57 Lakh Cases

The total recoveries surged to 46,74,987 in the country so far.

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New Delhi: India’s COVID-19 caseload raced past 57 lakh, while over 46 lakh people have recovered from the disease pushing the national recovery rate to 81.55 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 57,32,518 with 86,508 people testing positive in a day while the death toll climbed to 91,149 with 1,129 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The COVID-19 case fatality rate due to the coronavirus infection was recorded at 1.59 per cent.

There are 9,66,382 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 16.86 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and and it went past 50 lakh on September 16.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 6,74,36,031 samples have been tested up to September 23 with 11,56,569 samples being tested on Wednesday.

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Delhi Riots: Congress leader Salman Khurshid, CPM Leader Brinda Karat Named In Chargesheet

The Delhi riots charge sheet said that the protected witness have stated in the statement recorded, under section 161, that several big names like politician Udit Raj, Khurshid, Karat had come to the Khureji protest site and gave “provocative speech”.

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Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Salman Khurshid, CPM leader Brinda Karat and Udit Raj were among politicians who gave provocative speeches during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), alleged Delhi police in the charge sheet filed in connection with the February riots here.

Police have referted to former Congress Councillor Ishrat Jahan and a protected witness in a case related to the north east Delhi riots and said that they told about the speeches in their disclosure statements given to the them.

The charge sheet said that the protected witness have stated in the statement recorded, under section 161 (examination by police) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, that several big names like politician Udit Raj, Khurshid, Karat had come to the Khureji protest site and gave “provocative speech”.

“Several big names used to come to the Khureji site to give speeches against CAA/NPR (National Population Register)/NRC (National Register for Citizens), like Udit Raj, Salman, Khurshid, Brinda Karat, Umar Khalid (former JNU student leader)…,” the witness alleged.

The charge sheet further said that Jahan, in her disclosure statement, alleged that in order to sustain the anti-CAA protests, several known persons like Khurshid, filmmaker Rahul Roy and Bhim Army member Himanshu were called by her and activist Khalid Saifi on the instructions of Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC).

“In order to sustain the protest for a long time, several known persons were called by me and Khalid Saifi on the instructions of JCC, like Salman Kurshid, (filmmaker) Rahul Roy, Bhim Army member Himanshu, Chandan Kumar… gave provocative speeches because of which all the people sitting in the protest used to get instigated against the government,” Jahan said according to her disclosure statement.

The disclosure statement of Saifi stated that during the anti-CAA protests held in January 2020 “Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogender Yadav, (senior advocate) Prashant Bhushan, Salman Kurshid… also used to come to these speeches.”

The supplementary disclosure statement of Saifi, which was a part of the charge sheet, stated that in order to sustain the protest for a longer time several known persons like Khurshid, JNU student Sharjeel Imam, JCC member Meeran Haider were called to the Khureji protest site.

“In order to sustain the protest for a longer time several known persons like Kurshid, Sharjeel Imam, Meeran Haider etc were called to the Khureji protest site by me and Ishrat Jahan,” he said in his disclosure statement.

Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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