Anti-Sterlite protests: Why residents launched agitation almost 100 days ago

Anti-Sterlite protests: Why residents launched agitation almost 100 days ago

"The peaceful protest by the people of Tuticorin against Sterlite, demanding justice was ignored by the Governments".

"Since the government did not take any steps in this regard, the people launched today's massive rally.police attacked people indiscriminately and opened fire on them which is condemnable", Stalin said. Other sources said around 60 victims were under treatment at the GH here and around 20 police personnel, who suffered injuries, were admitted to a private hospital.

Meanwhile, the state government has rushed in additional police forces, including several senior officials, from the neighboring districts to bring the situation under control. He also announced that he won't attend the swearing in ceremony of Karnataka chief minister designate HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday and will go to Tuticorin instead.

The protestors also tried to gherao the collector's office and torched vehicles inside the premise. Reports say that the police opened fire at around 12:50 pm when they manhandled a freelance photographer's camera and snatched the memory card.

A government statement said, "The mob resorted to violence, set on fire police vehicles and those parked at the collectorate and pelted stones at the collector's office".

Palanisamy, however, announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each for those killed during protest and Rs 3 lakh each for the injured, besides offering government jobs for the family members of the deceased.

Tuticorin: The protests against the Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin had started nearly 100 days ago in a peaceful manner. Police retaliated in a bid to bring the situation under control.

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Kamal Haasan, who has recently formalized his entry into politics, expressed his solidarity with the protesters through his political party's handle.

"The police had to take action under unavoidable circumstances to protect public life and property as the protesters resorted to repeated violence. police had to control the violence", Palaniswami, who holds the Home portfolio, said.

People in Toothukudi are demanding the closure of Sterlite copper smelting plant alleging that it was polluting the area, and leading to severe health problems among the residents of the locality, besides depleting the water table.

Sterlite Copper unit was shut down on March 29 this year for 15 days for "maintenance work".

The government underlining its pro-people commitment in the Sterlite issue, assured them further legal action would be taken, "respecting" their feelings.

Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar told reporters in Chennai that the loss of lives was unfortunate in a state known for peace.

Earlier in March 2018, the company had applied for renewal of consent to operate (CTO) for its existing Smelter plant at Thoothukudi.

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