Sterlite protests Day 3 UPDATES: Vedanta founder Anil Agarwal says he is 'in pain' over Thoothukudi deaths

On Wednesday late night, a youngster who was under treatment succumbed to injuries taking the toll to 13. 

Published: 24th May 2018 01:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th May 2018 08:51 PM   |  A+A-

Thoothukudi police chase a protester. (Express Photo | Karthik Alagu)

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.

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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.



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  • nathan

    Congress leader P. Chidambaram was a director of this company. Most of the licences were given by the Congress and DMK govts. And where is CPI leader and second-time Rajya Sabha member from Tamil Nadu D. Raja-- why he is keeping mum and not visiting Tutocorin.
    3 years ago reply
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