Chennai, June 1: Madras High Court on Friday asked the Tamil Nadu government to explain the circumstances leading to firing in Thoothukudi.
At least 13 people were killed and more than 60 injured in the police firing after thousands of protestors went on a rampage demanding the closure of a Sterlite’s industrial plant in the city on May 22 citing that the pollution it generates is causing serious health issues.
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The Court has also directed Tamil Nadu police not to disturb the families of missing accused in the name of inquiry.
However, a week after the incident the Tamil Nadu government ordered the closure of the copper smelter plant of Vedanta Ltd.
Following the protest, the authorities also imposed section 144 in city and Internet connectivity was also suspended.
Defending the police action against protestors, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami had said the entire episode took place primarily because of opposition political parties, NGOs and anti-social elements, who took protestors to a wrong path.
Meanwhile, justifying the firing he also had stated if someone is attacked, the natural course would be to defend and safeguard themselves. This is what has been done by the police in response.