Sterlite protests LIVE: Over 65 people have been arrested for indulging in violence, says Thoothukudi collector: In the Tamil Nadu, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and other opposition parties have been called for a dawn-to-dusk bandh on the Friday post one more person died in clashes with police in Thoothukudi.
Anti-Sterlite protests LIVE updates: Fight won’t stop till CM and DGP resign, says MK Stalin; 133 people arrested for indulging in violence
In the southern Tamil Nadu, the violence erupted, which is regarded as the port city two days ago due to the people protested against the Vedanta-owned Sterlite copper plant, which environmentalists and inhabitants claim is infected water sources — a charge the company denies.
On Tuesday, the Police shot dead 10 persons when it opened fire on a rally, which marked the 100th day of demonstrations.
On Wednesday, another person died as he was being hit by a rubber bullet, taking the death toll up to 11.
As per the ordered, the Internet services were suspended in the city and neighboring districts of Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari as anger and bitterness against police action continued to spread in the town.
From the Madras high court, the Madurai bench also ordered Vedanta to stop construction of a second unit of the plant, at the same time as the home ministry sought a report from the state government regarding the violence.
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3.57pm: GS Mani, the Supreme Court lawyer, has filed a writ petition the Court seeking registration of FIR and investigation by the CBI against Thoothukudi collector, superintendent of police and other police officials, reported by the ANI news agency.
3.54pm: Around 65 people have been arrested and remanded for make a fuss of in violence during Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi. Another 68 people have been arrested and all set to be produced in front of the magistrate for causing damage to public property and indulging in violence: Sandeep Nanduri, Collector told ANI news.
3.50pm: A meeting is taking place and held at the collector’s office in Thoothukudi, that is being chaired by govt monitoring officers, Davidhar and Gagandeep Singh Bedi. Other officials were also part of the meeting. The meeting is being held to discuss on how normalcy can be brought in the region, said by the ANI news agency.
3.00pm: Anil Agarwal, the Vedanta Resources chairman, expresses sorrow over the “unfortunate turn of events at Thoothukudi”.
1:17 pm: “The entire episode which happened was primarily because of certain political parties, NGOs and anti-social elements, who took protestors to a wrong path,” said chief minister E Palaniswami, according to ANI.
1:15 pm: E Palaniswami, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, defends police action in Thoothukudi. “If someone is attacked, the natural course would be to defend and safeguard themselves. This is what has been done by the police in response,” he tells media.
12:50 pm: Rajnath Singh, the Union home minister, condoles deaths due to police firing in Thoothukudi, and appeals to people in Thoothukudi to remain calm in order to maintain peace.
Also says the Prime Minister is concerned regarding what is happening in the city, Thoothukudi.
12:27 pm: “My first priority is to bring back normalcy. As far as the violence, the shooting and who gave the orders for the shooting is concerned, an inquiry will be done by a judge appointed by the Tamil Nadu government,” said Thoothukudi district collector Sandeep Nanduri, according to ANI.
12:25 pm: The state police and the DMK workers clash outside Tamil Nadu secretariat, at the same time, due to the former were protesting against police firing in Thoothukudi.
The DMK workers afterward blocked the police vehicle in which MK Stalin and other party leaders were being taken.
12:10 pm: DMK working president MK Stalin, who was holding a protest outside Tamil Nadu secretariat under arrest by police. A number of other party leaders were also detained.
11:48 am: MK Stalin, the DMK working president, stages protest with other party leaders outside Tamil Nadu secretariat too.
11:30 am: A Tamil Nadu-based advocate moved a plea in Delhi high court seeking its direction to the National Human Rights Commission in order to visit the protests location and conduct a separate inquiry into the Thoothukudi violence.
Form the state police, and the chief secretary of the state commission had sought a report. The court is likely to hear the petition on Friday, reports ANI.
11:05 am: Stalin attacks the state government regarding the deaths of the protesters. “Even after deaths of innocent people, no action has been taken against the culprits. The chief minister has become ineffective. He did not bother to visit the district and meet the people. Therefore, we demand that he resign immediately, DGP Rajendran must resign too,” the DMK working president said, according to ANI.
10:10 am: Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has directed Thoothukudi district collector to disconnect power supply to Sterlite Copper’s smelter. The board found that the unit was ‘carrying out activities to resume production’ in spite of, being told not to do so until its license to operate is renewed, reports ANI.
9:10 am: DMK to demand to shut down Sterlite copper plant in Thoothukudi, reports ANI.
8:55 am: ANI reports that 67 people have been arrested for involves in the violence.
8:30 am: “State government knew that this being 100th day of agitation, it’s going to be bigger. They should’ve made better arrangements to maintain law and order but nothing was done. They simply resorted to firing. It was a massacre, almost like Jallianwala Bagh,” says Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, according to ANI.
8:15 am: The DMK and opposition parties have called for a dawn-to-dusk banch on Friday in order to protest the violence. MK Stalin, the DMK working president, visited a government hospital on Wednesday in order to meet those injured in Tuesday’s clashes.
8:10 am: RSS hit out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his comments that Tamils were being killed for refusing to “bow” to the right-wing outfit. “A frustrated Congress party and its president Rahul Gandhi are trying to create more divisions in the society to regain their lost support,” said RSS national joint secretary Manmohan Vaidya.
8 am: Internet services remain suspended in Thoothukudi also.