CBI starts probe into Sterlite firing, steps up investigation in gutkha row

The CBI has started to probe into the anti-Sterlite protests firing case that took place in Thoothukudi in May this year. As part of its ongoing investigation, families of 13 victims and about 40 people who got injured in the firing were summoned for examination.

CBI recorded statements of families of the people killed in the firing and injured. The statements of the officials of Tamil Nadu Police and Revenue Department have to be recorded.

The investigating agency also summoned several documents from the state police including documents on whose order 15 weapons were issued, who had signed and collected the weapons and who ordered firing which led to the killings.

Documents giving information of weaponry used in the firing have been collected and details of who issued the firing orders that took 13 lives have also been revealed. The CBI is now examining the officials of Tamil Nadu police and revenue department.

On October 12, Tamil Nadu government moved to the Supreme Court against the Madras High Court order which transferred all FIRs registered in connection with the Sterlite riot to CBI. On October 8, CBI had registered a case against people of twenty organisations in Tamil Nadu in connection with the anti-sterlite protests in Thoothukudi.

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation has stepped up investigations in the Gutka scam and has decided to summon top officials in the Tamilnadu Police Department for direct questioning.

The CBI officials from Delhi who have set up camp in the State for the ongoing investigations have unearthed some more names in the list of people bribed by Madhav Rao for allowing the sale of banned gutka on the sly in Tamilnadu. The next round of investigations will begin in January, reports said.