Sterlite Protest Day 2 UPDATES: Thoothukudi Superintendent of Police and Collector transferred, Tami Nadu orders suspension of internet

With the death toll now at 12, a vacation bench of the Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to preserve the bodies of the victims, until further orders.

Published: 23rd May 2018 02:29 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th May 2018 02:12 AM   |  A+A-

Police attacking the protesters in Thoothukudi (Photo | Karthik Alagu)

By Online Desk

The coastal town of Thoothukudi remained on the boil Wednesday as police opened fire against protesters for the second consecutive day killing one Kalliappan (22), injuring others and taking the death toll to 12.

As protesters continued to clash with police personnel, whose strength had reportedly been doubled, the State government, Wednesday evening, transferred both Superintendent of Police and the Collector of Thoothukudi district.

IN PICTURES | Sterlite Protest intensifies as mob, police clash in Thoothukudi for the second day

Earlier today, the Madurai bench of Madras High Court stayed the construction of a new copper smelter by Sterlite industries in Thoothukudi.

The Sterlite Protest demanding the closure of the controversial Thoothukudi copper smelting plant entered its 101st day today.

The situation in the district remains tense.

Here are the latest updates:

08:25 May 23
Thoothukudi Superintendent of Police (SP) P Mahendran and Collector N Venkatesh have been transferred. Murali Rambha IPS and Sandeep Nanduri will take charge as the new SP and Collector of Thoothukudi distirct respectively.
07:52 May 23

Transmission of messages through internet services suspended throughout Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts till May 27

More than 7000 policemen deployed in the troubled district (Photo | EPS)

06:35 May 23

Earlier, petitioners counsel R Sankara Subbu told the judges that the police, on the instructions of the Collector and SP, had indulged in provoking activities against the thousands of peaceful participants.

06:33 May 23

Preserve bodies, file status report, says Madras High Court

A vacation bench of the Madras High Court has directed the State government to preserve the bodies of the 12 persons, who were shot dead by police at Thoothukudi on May 22 and 23, until further orders.

06:11 May 23

WATCH | Video from Anna Nagar when a man was shot dead by police

06:05 May 23

Home Ministry seeks report

The Union Home Ministry has sought a detailed report from the Tamil Nadu government over the police firing during the Thoothukudi protests.

06:02 May 23
04:55 May 23

Visual from Anna Nagar where a man was shot dead.

04:54 May 23

Kalliappan, 22, died in today's fresh police firing in Thoothukudi.

04:46 May 23
04:44 May 23

DMDK founder Vijaykanth writes to PM Modi to close down Sterlite plant.

04:21 May 23

Six police jeeps have been burnt.

04:19 May 23

One dead in fresh police firing

The local police fired at five persons. One person, Kalliappan died, while the rest are seriously-injured.

04:09 May 23

Communist Party of India's D Raja has described the police firing in Thoothukudi as an act of 'State-sponsored terror'.

04:03 May 23

MDMK general secretary Vaiko, actor turned politician Kamal Haasan, SDPI state president Tehlan Baqavi, TNCC president Thirunavukarasu, VCK president Thol Thirumavalavan and other politicians today visited those hospitalised and consoled them.

03:54 May 23

"Tamils are being murdered because they refuse to accept RSS ideology. RSS and Modi's guns can never crush the emotions of Tamils. Tamil brothers and sisters, we are with you," says Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

03:49 May 23
03:32 May 23

DMK's Stalin meets injured

03:21 May 23

Police detain relative of woman shot dead by police in Thirespuram who went to see her body.

03:20 May 23

"What happened in Tuticorin is a cold-blooded murder by police. They should be booked for murder. SP, Collector, DGP and Chief Secretary should be suspended. Taking moral responsibility, CM Edappadi K Palaniswami should resign," said Anbumani Ramadoss, Pattali Makkal Katchi.

03:15 May 23

Live visuals from Anna Nagar


03:08 May 23

Police firing reported in Thoothukudi's Anna Nagar.

03:04 May 23

Offering comforts to the injured and relatives of the deceased, Kamal Haasan, while speaking to media persons, said that the postmortem should be conducted before unbiased doctors. He further insisted action against the erred police officials involved in the shoot out.

03:02 May 23
02:58 May 23

FIR against Kamal Haasan

Police have filed FIR against Kamal and Makkal Needhi Maiam party functionaries for breaching Section 144 order.

02:52 May 23

Two police vans were burnt and few stone pelting incidents were reported.

02:51 May 23

Mean while, when the district collector N Venkatesan, in the noon, visited the government hospital, the relatives of the deceased had an altercation with him.

02:50 May 23

Relatives of the deceased refused to get the corpse demanding a permanent closure of the Sterlite plant, while also demanding action against the police who involved in the shooting.

02:49 May 23

More than 7000 policemen deployed in the district.

02:42 May 23

Sterlite said the facility has been shut since March 27 when the company took up annual scheduled maintenance.

02:41 May 23

Sterlite Copper today said its factory in Thoothukudi is currently non-functional and the company is awaiting approval from the authorities to resume operations at the site.

02:21 May 23

The use of force on the anti-Sterlite protestors gathered in the Government Hospital premises has created panic in the area.

02:21 May 23

The bodies of those killed in police firing during the Sterlite Protest yesterday are holed up at the hospital. The injured are also receiving treatment at the same hospital.

02:21 May 23

The police personnel had their bags with dresses and first aid materials in the bus that was set afire in Bryant Nagar second Street.

02:20 May 23

The police used tear gas bombs and lathi-charge to disperse the protestors.

02:20 May 23

The protestors set ablaze a police vehicle parked nearby.

02:19 May 23

Despite the continuous imposition of section 144, anti-Sterlite protestors gathered near the Thoothukudi government hospital.



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