Sunday 26 May, 2019

Police firing again in Thoothukudi; Death toll raised to 12

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Thoothukudi: Tamil Nadu police firing killed 12 Annaanagar areas in Thoothukkudi.Around six people were injured. Actor Kamal Hassan visited the victims in the protest.

The villagers protested against Kamal Haasan in Thoothukudi General Hospital. The family of the murdered and injured said: 'We are suffering because of your visit. Let's walk away from here.' The police have registered a case against Kamal Haasan for allegedly violating the ban.

The protests against Sterlite’s industrial plant intensified in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin). Residents have been demanding the closure of the plant, citing that the pollution it generates is causing serious health issues. The agitation against Sterlite Copper, which represents the copper unit of Vedanta Limited, recently escalated after the company announced the expansion of its unit in the city. Sterlite Copper, which currently operates a 400,000-tonne per annum unit in the city, maintains it has received necessary permits and has not violated any norms.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, in an interim order, stayed the expansion of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper’s industrial unit on Tuesday. The bench insisted that the company seeks public consultation before expanding its plant.

The police deployed heavy force in the area. The families of the killed people not received their kin's body as the part of protest. They need to be done the post-mortem of the bodies of victims in the presence of the Magistrate.

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