Chennai, May 25: The DMK and other opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have called a dawn-to-dusk bandh in the state on Friday in connection with the killing of 13 people in police firing during protests against the Sterlite Company in Tuticorin.
DMK’s Kanimozhi and VCK’s Thirumavalavan detained by the state police.
Opposition workers and leaders protest in #Chennai's Egmore against #ThoothukudiPoliceFiring. DMK's Kanimozhi and VCK's Thirumavalavan among those detained by Police. #SterliteProtest pic.twitter.com/EDlohUKrgJ
— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2018
The Congress, Dravidar Kazhagam, MDMK, CPI, CPI(M), Indian Union Muslim League and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi are participating in a day-long protest against the police action.
Over the last three days, at least 13 people lost their lives and 70 others injured after police opened fire at protesters seeking the closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper unit in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin.
The locals were protesting for more than 100 days against Sterlite Copper unit. They alleged that the plant was polluting groundwater and causing serious health issues.
On Thursday Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami justified the police action against protestors, saying If someone is attacked, the natural course would be to defend and safeguard themselves. This is what had been done by the cops in response.
Not only this alleged that the entire episode happened primarily because of opposition political parties, NGOs and anti-social elements, who took protestors to a wrong path.