Thoothukudi: 144 lifted, CM doubles solatium, OPS meeting victims

Section 144 has been lifted in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu where 13 people were killed during a violent protest against the construction of copper unit by the Sterlite mining industries.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Eddapadi K Palaniswami has said that the compensation for the victims would be enhanced to Rs 20 lakh from the earlier Rs 10 lakh.

In a statement, he said it is unfortunate that thirteen lives were lost in the unavoidable shooting that took place in Tuticorin during the anti-Sterlite protest.

The solatium for those seriously injured has also been increased to Rs five lakh from Rs three lakh and for those with minor injuries, to Rs 1.50 lakh from Rs one lakh.

Palaniswami said he issued the orders to increase the solatium (from the earlier amounts announced on May 22) after considering requests to the government from various sections and to the Commission of Inquiry probing the violence.

Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam will visit Thoothukudi on Monday following the withdrawal of section 144 order.
The police opened fire at anti-Sterlite protesters, who attempted to lay siege to the district collectorate despite the section 144 order, resulting in the killing of 13 people.