Thoothukudi anti-Sterlite protests: Tension continues for third day, death toll due to police firing rises to 13

Published: 24th May 2018 07:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th May 2018 08:28 PM  

Tension continued to prevail in Thoothukudi for the third consecutive day as the death toll due to police firing at anti-Sterlite protesters rose to 13. (Express Photo | V Karthik Alagu)
A large number of youngsters have been reportedly picked up during midnight arrests. Sources said that the power was switched off in many areas as police conducted searches in houses at night. (Express Photo | V Karthik Alagu)
Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from a few places in Tuticorin city where a state-run liqour outlet was ransacked early today. Normal life continued to be affected for the third day today as modes of public transport including buses, and autos did not ply. (IN PIC: Relatives of the people who sustained injuries in the police firing incident were seen with tears in front of the Government Hospital at Thoothukudi on Thursday./ Express Photo | KK Sundar)
The government had yesterday ordered suspension of internet services in Tuticorin and adjoining districts of Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari for five days to prevent spread of rumours through social media and help restore peace. (Express Photo | KK Sundar)
Commandos are seen deployed to curb the protest which erupted after Tamil Nadu police shot fired on a rally, which marked the 100th day of demonstrations. (Express Photo | KK Sundar)
Amid a political slugfest over the incidents of police-public clashes, DMK leader Stalin held a sit-in protest at Fort St George, the state secretariat, before being physically lifted and removed by security personnel. (IN PIC: Police stand before broken tyres./ Express Photo | V Karthik Alagu)
The government had yesterday constituted an inquiry commission headed by retired HC judge Aruna Jagadeesan to probe the circumstances leading to violence and subsequent police firing. (IN PIC: Police stall a biker from going ahead./ Express Photo | V Karthik Alagu)
Sterlite Copper, a unit of Vedanta Group, had been facing several controversies ever since its inception in the southern Tamil Nadu port city in 1997. (IN PIC: As few people alleged to have pelted stones on windshield of three government buses, those buses have been parked in Thoothukudi depot on Thursday/ Express Photo | KK Sundar)
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