CM to visit Thoothukudi on June 9

CM to visit Thoothukudi on June 9

Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is likely to visit Thoothukudi on June 9 to meet victims of the recent violence during the protest against Sterlite Copper.

According to reports, the CM will visit the injured persons and will also meet the families of the dead.

Meanwhile, reports said bodies of all 13 persons who lost their lives have been handed over to their families. The Madras High Court on Tuesday allowed the autopsy of the remaining six bodies of victims of police firing during the anti-Sterlite protests.

While Palaniswami on Monday said the Thoothukudi police are arresting only those persons who indulged in arson and violence on May 22.

Meanwhile, he also announced the pre-mature release of 67 life convicts who have completed 10 years of imprisonment, in commemoration of the birth centenary of former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran.

Following this, the first set of 67 life convicts, lodged in Puzhal central prison here, who had completed 10 years of imprisonment were released on Wednesday.

The government listed several categories of offences, including terrorist crimes, offences against the State, sedition, rape, robbery and dacoity, among others, and said prisoners guilty in such cases would not be eligible for premature release.

Convicts who were originally sentenced to death by the trial court and modified to life imprisonment by the appellate court may be considered for release.

Also, those prisoners whose cases are under the trial will not be considered for the an early release.