Thoothukudi firing rocks Assembly: CM justifies police action, DMK to boycott session

The police firing in Thoothukudi last week, during which 13 members protesting the Sterlite Copper plant were killed, echoed in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on the opening day of the session today.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said, “the police were forced to resort to tear gas and lathi charge to bring the protests under control and to save the lives of common public. The police actions were done under unavoidable circumstances. I deeply condole for the lives lost.”

Leader of Opposition and DMK working president MK Stalin condemned that there was no mention of the police shooting in CM’s statements. He said, “For 99 days people were protesting and the police knew beforehand of the protest march to the collectorate. But, there were not enough police force to stop them.’ condemnable.”

The DMK members also staged walk out and said they would boycott rest of the session. They attended the opening day of the Tamil Nadu Assembly session
by wearing black shirts to condemn the May 22 police firing on anti-sterlite protestors in Tuticorin in which 13 people were killed.

Meanwhile, the allotment of land for the proposed expansion of Vedanta group’s copper plant in Tuticorin was on Tuesday cancelled “in larger public interest” by the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd (SIPCOT).

In a letter to M/s Vedanta Limited the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited (SIPCOT) said there have been a series of agitations and protest against th establisment of Copper Smelter Plant Phase-II, expressuing concerns about the pollution caused by the existing plant of the Vedanta Limited.