Anti-Sterlite protest video shows cop saying 'at least 1 should die'

Lester Mason
May 23, 2018

Most people stayed indoors as the district administration announced that prohibitory orders banning the assembly of five or more people that were imposed on Monday evening would remain in force till May 25.

"We had been receiving information from the Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangam (trade union) a week ago about possible violence by some groups". Protestors set fire a local administrator's office and burned more than 110 vehicles, according to police, who responded with batons and tear gas before firing on the crowd.

The protests against Vedanta's Sterlite Copper plant have been going on in Tuticorin for over three months now, but violence erupted on Tuesday.

Anbumani Ramadoss of the Pattali Makkal Katchi said what happened in Tuticorin is a cold-blooded murder by the police.

Tuticorin: A video shows a Tamil Nadu police personnel in plainclothes placing himself atop a police bus, a few meters away from where people had gathered to hold anti-Sterlite protest.

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

The Thootukudi copper smelter, one of India's biggest, is run by Indian subsidiary Vedanta Ltd's Sterlite Copper unit. Locals have alleged that the Sterlite copper plant is responsible for increasing pollution and have been demanding its closure. "The government should pack up and go", NDTV quoted DMK leader Sarvanan as saying. Negligence of the Governments is the reason for all the unfortunate incidents.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday termed the death of protesters a "brutal example of state sponsored terrorism". "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these martyrs and the injured", he tweeted.

Actor-turned-politician and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan on Wednesday visited General Hospital in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) to meet the protesters injured in the police firing. As the violence spiralled, police opened fire, killing nine people.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article