1 killed in fresh police firing, MHA seeks report from TN govt

Madras High Court issues interim stay on expansion of Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi

Palaniswami, Deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and senior ministers of the AIADMK government reviewed the situation with senior police and civil officials, including police chief TK Rajendran at the state secretariat.

11 people were killed and more than 65 injured on Tuesday during protests against the construction of a new copper smelter by the Sterlite industries in Thoothukudi.

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The home ministry has asked the state government to provide details of the incident at Tuticorin, an official said. After the stone-pelting began, the police "had to use minimum force and remove them", Trichy DIG Pradeep Kumar, who's been tasked with maintaining law and order at the premises, said.

After the Makkal Needhi Maiam chief left, police in riot gear had tried to clear out protesters who'd gathered around the premises. "Also, people of Tamil Nadu can not be suppressed", he tweeted in Tamil. Tamil Nadu, is a brutal example of state-sponsored terrorism. Smoke rose from several parts of the city.

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"The inaction of the government has led to the people's protests, and police resorting to firing to control it. Action should be taken to shut down the plant immediately to address this issue", M.K. Stalin, leader of the main opposition group in Tamil Nadu, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, said in a Facebook post. About 20 police officers were also injured in the skirmish, which occurred in the southern port city Tuticorin. In 2013, the Supreme Court curiously found the company guilty of misrepresentation, unlicensed operation and polluting the environment, but allowed the company to operate after paying a small fine as it felt India needed the copper. The Politburo demands that plant should be shut down immediately.

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