Massive clashes erupt between police, mob as Thoothukudi Sterlite protest turns violent

Published: 22nd May 2018 01:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd May 2018 01:32 AM  

Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
Owing to the Anti-Sterlite campaigners' call for a massive protest against the operations of copper smelter here, several hundreds of protesters rallied to the collectorate campus in Thoothukudi on Tuesday, 22 May 2018. (EPS)
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
In retaliation, angry protestors set Thoothukudi Employee quarters on fire.
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
Massive smoke rose up from the buildings while the mob clashed with police on the streets. (EPS)
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
A section of protesters managed to sneak into collectorate and damage doors, windows and property. (EPS)
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
Police resorted to lathi charge to drive them away, said sources.  (EPS)
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
Over 4,000 police personnel from the nearby district have been deployed to prevent crowding proved futile, as the protesters at various areas breached the barricades and marched forward towards the collectorate.  (EPS)
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
Over 4,000 police personnel from the nearby district have been deployed to prevent crowding proved futile, as the protesters at various areas breached the barricades and marched forward towards the collectorate.  (EPS)
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
A large number of protesters marched towards collectorate, the police hurled tear gas in order to bring the situation under control. (EPS)
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
District collector N Venkatesh issued prohibitory order section 144 in view of the scheduled protest, while granting permission to protest only at the SAV ground near Thoothukudi old bus stand. (EPS)
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
Freelance photographer Balamurugan shows his camera which was damaged by the mob during the protests.
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
Camera of freelance photographer Balamurugan which was damaged by the mob during the protests.
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
Paying no heed to the Collector's imposition, the public started gathering at Madathur, St Lady of snows church and other conjunctions to march towards collectorate demanding to stop operation of the copper smelter. (EPS)
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
At Madathur, police had to resort to a mild lathicharge at Madathur to disperse the public gathering. (EPS)
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
The protesters gheraoed police vehicle at VVD signal while on their way to collectorate. (EPS)
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
CM Edappadi Palaniswami said around 20,000 marched towards Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi and torched police vehicles and vehicles parked inside collectorate. (EPS)
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
Local residents argue that the existing smelter has been polluting their water and air since it was established in 1996. This has allegedly caused respiratory and skin problems, fainting and other illness, especially among children. (EPS)
Thoothukudi Sterlite protest, EPS, 22 May 2018
Vedanta Sterlite’s copper smelter unit in Thoothukudi, which is held liable for polluting the ambient air and water, claimed on Thursday before Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) Appellant Authority that it was a non-polluting industry and the consent-to-operate renewal application was rejected, based on inaccurate and cooked-up grounds by the pollution board. (EPS)
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