Published: Wed, May 23, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

One dead in fresh violence in Thoothukudi Anti-Sterlite Protest

One dead in fresh violence in Thoothukudi Anti-Sterlite Protest

ANI reported that police had to be deployed outside the General Hospital as well after protesters torched a bus there.

While the fate of the plant has to be decided on a scientific evaluation of whether it is flouting pollution norms or not, the question immediately at hand is whether police and administration should have managed yesterday's protest in a more sophisticated way, averting the high death toll.

A communication sent by Home Secretary Niranjan Mardi to the nodal officers of internet service providers in the three districts said "A public emergency has arisen which necessitates immediate action and speedy remedy for the public tranquillity and it felt necessary that services of internet should be stopped/curtailed to prevent spreading of such information rumours with half-truth".

Protesters set vehicles on fire and threw stones at police, Palaniswami said in a statement. Tamil Nadu, is a brutal example of state-sponsored terrorism. As people marched ahead, breaching the barricades, and entered the Collectorate, the police retaliated and fired at the crowds. These citizens were murdered for protesting against injustice.

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Actor-turned-politicians Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, who have been voicing their support for the anti-Sterlite protesters in Thoothukudi (also known as Tuticorin), joined those protesting against the police brutality which left 12 people dead since 22 May. Claiming that copper smelting leads to various kinds of pollution, they have said such plants should be located far away from any residential area.

Environmental activists and some local politicians want the government to shut the plant permanently.

Let us not forget that for the second time in two months more than one lakh residents of this coastal town have taken to the streets with one clear demand: immediate and complete shutdown of Sterlite.

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