What are the anti-Sterlite protests in Tamil Nadu all about

Lester Mason
May 25, 2018

The DMK and other opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have called for a dawn-to-dusk bandh tomorrow, condemning the police action against protesters in Tuticorin. The home ministry has taken cognisance of the situation and sought a report on the incident and the prevailing situation from the state government.

Regarding the demand for the closure of the Sterlite plant, he said: "The government is for its closure and that is the reason for suspending the power supply and fighting the legal battle". "Another 68 people have been arrested and will be produced in front of the magistrate for causing damage to public property & indulging in violence", Sandeep Nanduri, Collector said. Television news video footage shows two plainclothes men firing at protesters from atop a police van during a demonstration on May 22, 2018. "This is what has been done by the police in response", Palanisamy added. "Vehicles worth Rs 1 crore 27 lakh have been burnt down", Shailesh Kumar, IG (South Range) said.

The government also transferred district collector N Venkatesh and Superintendent of Police P Mahendran on Wednesday.

"It's important that the Tamil Nadu authorities respond to protests in accordance with worldwide law, but they should also be addressing concerns raised about health and environmental harms", Ganguly said.

Recalling steps taken by the AIADMK governments for the closure of the plant, Palaniswami said the "deliberate" violence was meant "to bring disrepute to the government and put it under pressure". "Our thoughts are with the people of Tuticorin".

In the wake of the protests on-going in Thoothukudi, telecom players have received a directive from the Chief Secretary to bar data services in three districts of Tamil Nadu - Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts.

As per a BusinessToday report, the protests claimed 12 lives while twenty-four others were injured.

The People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) on Wednesday demanded the suspension of the police personnel who were present at the scene of the firing in Thoothukudi on May 22. The chief minister has become ineffective. "He has not even bothered to visit the district and meet the people", said the DMK President. The court is likely to hear the petition tomorrow.

However, during inspection by the Joint Chief Environmental Engineer, Tirunelveli, on May 18 and 19, it was found that the unit was working to resume production operations. "Our fight against this incompetent government will not stop till the resignations of the CM and the DGP", Stalin said in a tweet. Police has been deployed in large numbers in the sensitive coastal areas. They should've made better arrangements to maintain law and order but nothing was done.

"When someone hits you, you naturally tend to defend yourselves.so on such situations, no one acts in a pre-planned manner, Palaniswami tweeted".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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