In a protest against Sterlite's industrial plant that intensified in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) in a demand for the closure of the plant, that is causing pollution which is causing serious health issues. The protests drastically turned into violence after which Tamil Nadu police opened fire killing at least 9 people and several others injured. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami announced a judicial inquiry into the violence. He also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the families of the deceased.
The agitation of the resident against the Sterlite Copper industry that represents the copper unit of Vedanta Limited, reached the peak when it announced the expansion of the company's unit in the city.
As per orders of the Madras High Court, Section 144 has been imposed in and around the Sterlite unit in Tuticorin, preventing the assembly of people.
DMK working president and Leader of Opposition M K Stalin condemned the “police atrocities” in Tuticorin that took place during the protest and several people lost their lives. He is among many other political leaders who have lent their voice to the anti-Sterlite protests.
“The expansion (of Sterlite Copper) should not at all be allowed. If possible it will be good to close down the (existing) unit,” Makkal Neethi Mayyam chief Kamal Haasan was quoted as saying by PTI. “What is the necessity to put up the plant near residential and agricultural zone? …to say that the location is close to the port is not acceptable.”
Here are important updates of the Anti-Sterlite protest:
Where does the final accountability lie for the brutal murder of at least 11 Tamils? Will @CMOTamilNadu take action against DGP for failing to maintain law and order? Will Chief Secretary explain her role in this entire episode? Will there be justice for #SterliteProtest ?— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) May 23, 2018
08:55 (IST) 23 May 2018: Vedanta expresses regret over the situations:
In a statement, Vedanta Limited said: “It is with great sorrow and regret that we witnessed today’s incidents around the protest at Tuticorin. The company has appealed to the government and authorities to ensure the safety of our employees, facilities and the surrounding community. The Sterlite Copper plant is currently non-operational as we await approval for the Consent to Operate.”
I just landed in Bengaluru to the shocking news about incident near the Sterlite Tuticorin plant. My thoughts and prayers with the people of Tamil Nadu at this hour of grief. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and hope the injured recover soon— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 22, 2018
At least nine people were killed on Tuesday after police opened fire at protesters staging a demonstration against Sterlite Cooper in Tuticorin. Protests against the company's industrial unit have been on for nearly two decades but intensified earlier this year after the firm announced an expansion of its plant. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami said the protesters had defied prohibitory orders clamped in the area.
Hon'ble CM-Press Release-Thoothukudi dt sterlite industry-violence-death-Date 22.05.2018 pic.twitter.com/ItkoFoMIZn— Edappadi K Palaniswami (@CMOTamilNadu) May 22, 2018
18:47 (IST) 22nd May: Tamil Nadu Governor condoles deaths, appeals for calm
My heart is filled with grief on knowing about the loss of lives of eleven persons in Tuticorin district today. My condolences to each one of the bereaved families. At this critical hour, I appeal to all sections of society to be calm and help in maintaining the peace in the state: Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu
#WATCH Local police in Tuticorin seen with assault rifles to disperse protesters demanding a ban on Sterlite Industries. 9 protestors have lost their lives. #TamilNadu. (Earlier visuals) pic.twitter.com/hinYmbtIZQ— ANI (@ANI) May 22, 2018