TN government gives last extension for panel probing Thoothukudi firing

As the deadline for Justice Aruna Jagadeeshan Commission, appointed to inquire police excess in the protest against Sterlite in Thoothukudi, is set to end on Sunday, the state government issued a Government Order (GO) to extend the commission’s period by another six months, till 22 February next year.

The state has also informed that no more extension will be given for the Commission and the panel has to submit its report, in both English and Tamil, before February 22, next year.

Earlier, the Commission sought extension of time for another one year, but the state government after careful examination gave extension only for six months.

It may be recalled that the police firing happened on May 22 and 23 in 2018 when anti-Sterlite protesters tried to march towards Thoothukudi Collectorate on the 100th day of the protest demanding permanent closure of Sterlite copper plant and in the protest police shot dead 13 protesters.