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

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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