Sterlite violence: MHA asks TN government to provide details of Tuticorin incident

Tamil Nadu Police fired from assault rifles on anti Sterlite protesters heard saying at least one should die

"Tamil Nadu has appointed former HC judge Aruna Jagadeesan to probe the firing after protesters violating the prohibitory orders marched into the Tuticorin collectorate", said a statement issued.

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday had ordered a judicial inquiry into the police firing in the state's Toothukudi.

Most of the injured are civilians but 36 policemen also suffered injuries of various kinds in mob fury, official sources said.

Security personnel used batons and burst teargas shells to break up the protest.

One of the demonstrations is being led by actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan, along with the cadres of his political party Makkal Niedhi Maiam. Protesters could be seen pelting the police force with stones.

He said police had been forced to act "since protesters disregarded a curfew, acted against the advice of police", and indulged in violence. "Why was no warning given before firing", Stalin asked on Twitter.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the Palaniswamy government of working on the "behest of BJP-RSS". Thousands of people were part of the protest and the incident has left the entire state of Tamil Nadu shocked. These citizens were murdered for protesting against injustice.

"Every chota (small) chap now is making big noise-organising road blocks, damaging public property, paralyzing administration, packing away the IPL with snakes, et cetera, et cetera-and yet the police intelligence does not appear to be alert to its responsibilities of bringing to the notice of the government the potential trouble spots before the amber turns red".

"I just landed in Bengaluru to the shocking news about the incident near the Sterlite Tuticorin plant". But people of Tamil Nadu will not allow RSS to prevail over them.

"My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and hope the injured recover soon", Banerjee said in a tweet.

Sterlite Copper represents the copper unit of Vedanta Ltd which operates a four lakh tonne per annum plant at Tuticorin.

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