Total of 13 people have died, including 11 men & 2 women, 102 people have been injured out of which 19 are severe cases. vehicles worth Rs 1 crore 27 lakh have been burnt down: Shailesh Kumar, IG (South Range) on #ThoothukudiProtests. #TamilNadu— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2018
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. 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.
However, the protests against the copper smelter renewed this year after the company announced the construction of a new unit in the plant which raised fear of an increase in pollution among the locals.
DMK's MK Stalin was today detained while holding a protest at the state secretariat even as Chief Minister K Palaniswami blamed opposition parties for "instigating" violence. He claimed that the police who had fired on civilians acted in 'self-defence'.
On Wednesday late night, a youngster who was under treatment succumbed to injuries taking the toll to 13. Internet services have been ordered suspended in Thoothukudi and the neighbouring districts of Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari for five days. Tamil Nadu police shot dead 10 persons when it opened fire on a rally on Tuesday, which marked the 100th day of demonstrations.
#Thoothukudi: Meeting of 'Consultative Committee for Peace Restoration in #Thoothukudi' underway, headed by District Magistrate, SP, IG (South Zone) & state govt monitoring officers Davidhar & Gagandeep Singh Bedi. All party delegation, including local MLA to also meet them later— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2018
WATCH VIDEO |Vedanta's Anil Agarwal says he is 'in pain' over Thoothukudi deaths
Newly appointed Thoothukudi Collector Sandeep Nanduri speaks.
65 people have been arrested & remanded for indulging in violence during #SterliteProtests in #Thoothukudi. Another 68 people have been arrested & will be produced in front of the magistrate for causing damage to public property & indulging in violence: Sandeep Nanduri, Collector— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2018
Supreme Court lawyer GS Mani has filed a writ petition the Court seeking registration of FIR and investigation by the CBI against Thoothukudi collector, superintendent of police and other police officials, reports ANI news agency.
Deeply pained by loss of lives during protests in Tuticorin. PM is also concerned about situation & is pained by loss of lives. MHA has taken cognisance of situation & asked for report from state govt. Our thoughts are with the people of Tuticorin: HM Rajnath Singh #Thoothukudi pic.twitter.com/w3sOrtDMUd— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2018
Centre seeks detailed report on the sequence of events & circumstances leading to loss of human lives on May 22 for agitation agnst Sterlite. Tamil Nadu Government has also been asked to provide details of the action taken to restore peace and normalcy.— Rakesh Singh (@Rakesh_TNIE) May 24, 2018
Forces called to control situation in Anna Nagar area, Thoothukudi
Tamil Nadu government seeks clarifications on the Madras HC order of preserving bodies of shootout victims.
Deeply pained by loss of lives during protests in Tuticorin. PM is also concerned about situation & is pained by loss of lives. MHA has taken cognisance of situation & asked for report from state govt. Our thoughts are with the people of Tuticorin: HM Rajnath Singh to ANI
TN CM EPS says State government has been taking steps to close down Sterlite plant, through legal means.
My first priority is to bring back normalcy. As far as the violence, the shooting and who gave the orders for the shooting is concerned, an inquiry will be done by a judge appointed by the Tamil Nadu govt: Sandeep Nanduri, Thoothukudi District Collector tells ANI.
TTV Dinakaran consoles Baskar from Pushpa Nagar of #Thoothukudi, who lost his son Ranjith Kumar (22) in #SterliteProtest Police Firing and hands over 3 lakh cash as solatium.
A clash between DMK workers & police took place outside Tamil Nadu secretariat, while the former were protesting over Sterlite Protests in Thoothukudi. The workers were blocking the vehicle in which MK Stalin & other party leaders were being taken, reports ANI.
DMK working president MK Stalin says until TN CM EPS steps down from office, DMK's agitation will continue.
DMK leader Durai Murugan demands resignation of TN CM EPS, DGP TK Rajendran and top police officials since they were responsible for the Thoothukudi shoot out.
Stalin evicted from Secretariat
Police personnel physically evict DMK working president MK Stalin from Secretariat; now he joins his party cadre who are staging demonstration on Rajaji Road in front of secretariat.
Thoothukudi New Collector Sandeep Nanduri evades answering on who ordered for the shootout, says it would be inappropriate to comment since an inquiry commission was already appointed, reports Express Correspondent Vinodh Arulappan.
Power supply to Sterlite plant snapped
With law and order situation deteriorating and 12 protesters already killed, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has ordered closure and disconnection of power supply with immediate effect to Vedanta Sterlite Copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi. The pollution board chairman Nasimuddin had passed the orders on Wednesday late evening and the power connection was pulled-off in the wee hours of Thursday.
Coimbatore city police commissioner K Periaiah with his 40 member team has rushed to Thoothukkudi to bring the area under the control of police.
DMK Working President MK Stalin with other party leaders staging a protest outside Tamil Nadu secretariat over #SterliteProtests in #Thoothukudi. 13 people have died in the firing by police during protests on May 22 & more than 70 people are undergoing treatment. pic.twitter.com/FPGzEEgLR8— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2018
A Tamil Nadu based advocate moved a plea in Delhi HC seeking its direction to NHRC to visit the location and conduct separate inquiry into #Thoothukudi violence, instead of asking for report from state police & Chief Secy of the state. Court likely to hear the petition tomorrow.
DMK working president MK Stalin and his party functionaries who are staging a demonstration in front of CM's office raise slogans against the government's inaction on Sterlite issue
DMK working president MK Stalin staging dharna in front of CM's office at Secretariat seeking an audience with the CM
Even after death of 12 innocent people, no action has been taken against the culprits. CM has become ineffective. He did not bother to visit the dist & meet the people. Therefore, we demand that CM must resign immediately, DGP Rajendran must resign too: MK Stalin, DMK President.