The Tamil Nadu government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the police firing in Thoothukudi on Tuesday which left nine people, including a girl, dead.
Police firing at protesters of the anti-Sterlite movement in the coastal city has claimed nine lives and left several injured on Tuesday. Tuesday marked the 100 day of agitation and protesters stormed the collectorate demanding the closure of the plant that allegedly polluted the area.
With the protests against Sterlite Copper in Tuticorin on Tuesday turning violent when thousands of protestors marched towards the district collectorate, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami convened emergency meet to take stock of situation. Later, he ordered Rs 10 lakh to the family of the dead and also a government job.
DMK working president M K Stalin accused the police of atrocities. He cancelled his Bengaluru trip today and will visit Tuticorin to meet victims.
Tamil movie superstars Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth, who recently entered politics, expressed solidarity with the protesters.
“One can’t understand why the government, which gave the nod for the plant, is not taking any action and is just watching,” said Rajinikanth.
“The expansion (of Sterlite Copper) should not at all be allowed. If possible, it will be good to close down the (existing) unit,” said Makkal Neethi Mayyam chief Kamal Haasan.