Live: Madras HC orders bodies of 11 dead in Thoothukudi to be preserved
11 people died on Tuesday in police firing after the ongoing anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu turned violent; people have been demanding closure of the Vedanta Group-run company
Internet services suspended in Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari to keep rumours from spreading, as per news reports.
The state government and police must be held responsible for this massacre of common people, says Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.
CPI(M) hold protest in Tuticorin
Protesters hurl molotov cocktails as fresh clashes broke out between police and protesters, media reports
Those responsible for this merciless shooting down of protesters should be held accountable, says Sitaram Yechury
Madras High Court orders to preserve the bodies of 11 people who were killed in police firing in Thoothukudi
Civilians were hunted down like animals by the police: Advocate arguing for civilians in the trial court, reports Tamil Daily Dinakaran
Situation will normalise if closing of Sterlite plant is announced: MK Stalin
Only if the Government of Tamil Nadu asks for help, the central government will send a paramilitary force - Home Secretary Rajeev Kauva; reports Dinamalar
Protest in front of Collector Offices condemning Thoothukudi incident: Sarath Kumar's announcement; reports Dinakaran
DMDK Chief Vijayakanth writes to PM Modi asking for Sterlite to be permanently closed; reports CNN News 18
DMK Working President MK Stalin meets people who were injured in Sterlite Protest in Thoothukudi
Centre for Science and Environment "strongly condemned the killing of innocent protesters in Tuticorin"
If you ask for right to live, they will shoot you down with bullets: SP spokesperson Juhie Singh
Tamil Nadu government has requested to send a paramilitary force to control the Thoothukudi struggle; reports Tamil daily Dinakaran
Another person killed in Tuticorin; reports Puthiyathalaimurai TV
DMK leader Stalin arrives at general hospital in Tuticorin, reports Firstpost
The number of casualties reported by Tuticorin police has risen to 12, reports Puthiyathalaimurai TV
One more dead and two injured in fresh firing in Tuticorin, reports CNN News 18
‘At least 1 should die’: News Minute reveals chilling video of cops from Sterlite protests
Who ordered to fire bullets at the protestors? National Human Rights Commission issues notice; reports Tamil daily Dinakaran
Has the police administration got a bribe from Sterlite administration, asks Sasikala Pusha; reports Tamil daily Dinakaran
Police fires again in Anna Nagar area in Thoothukudi to disperse the protesters, reports Dinakaran
More than 10 policemen injured in protests, reports Tamil channel Puthiyathalaimurai TV
Police says strict action against those inciting violence, reports Puthiyathalaimurai TV
Police fires rubber bullets to contain confrontation with protesters in Anna Nagar, reports Tamil daily Dinakaran
Kamal Haasan booked for violating Section 144, repots Firstpost
Confrontation between police and civilians in Anna Nagar area of Thoothukudi, reports leading Tamil daily Dinakaran
Forces deployed outside General Hospital in Tuticorin, reports ANI
Fishermen involved demonstration arrested at Nochikulam in Chennai, reports Tamil Daily Dinakaran
Democratic Students' Federation to hold protest at Tamil Nadu bhavan, New Delhi at 4 pm today against brutal firing on peaceful protesters
A bus was set ablaze by protesters outside General Hospital in Tuticorin, reports ANI
The TN government and the police officials are answerable for the inhuman assault, says actor GV Prakash Kumar
This kind of crushing democratic agitation by the TN Govt is barbaric. It is evident from the bullets fired at the chest & face of the agitators. Impartial Judiciary enquiry by sitting High Court Judge should be appointed immediately: Puducheerry CM V Narayanasamy
Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan demands a ban on Sterlite industry
Puducheerry CM V Narayanasamy: Unpardonable & brutal incident which cannot be condoled
Offer my condolence to the families of victims of anti sterlite protest. I condemn the firing in Tuticorin: Rajinikanth; reports CNN News 18
Do not get out of houses - police to public; reports Oneindia Tamil
The Tamil Nadu police have many questions to answer. Excessive use of force is not the answer to crowd control. Police should only use force as a last resort: Amnesty India
Thoothukudi police vehicle set ablaze; reports Tamil channel Puthiyathalaimurai TV
At least 12 people have been killed in the struggle against the Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi; reports Tamil Daily Dinakaran
NHRC issues notice to TN Chief Secretary and DGP over police firing during anti-sterlite protest in Thoothukudi, reports ANI
People united appeals Congress President Rahul Gandhi to visit Tuticorin; "it will be the moral support for the people in pain and loss"
NHRC takes suo motu cognisance based on the news reports over Tuticorin killings, tweets Arvind Gunasekar
I ran for 200 metres to escape police firing. Heard bullet sounds to the nearest. All racing one another, recounts a twitter user
Shame on spineless Tamil Nadu government, tweets actor Prakash Raj
Retired Judge Aruna Jagadeesan has been appointed by the TN government to probe police firing during anti-sterlite protest in Thoothukudi
Locals and police clash outside General Hospital in Thoothukudi, reports ANI
CPI(M) hold protest in Coimbatore against death of 11 people in anti-sterlite protest in Thoothukudi, reports ANI
DMK calls for an all party protest on May 25 over Thoothukudi incident
Madras High Court stays construction of a new copper smelter by Sterlite industries in Thoothukudi, reports ANI
Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan arrives at General Hospital in Thoothukudi to meet people who were injured in Sterlite Protest, reports ANI
What happened in Tuticorin is a cold-blooded murder by police. Taking moral responsibility, CM Edappadi K Palaniswami should resign: Anbumani Ramadoss, Pattali Makkal Katchi
42 people have been admitted to our hospital till now, few transferred to Tirunelveli medical college to reduce congestion, says Dr A Edwin Joe, Director of Medical Education
Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan to reach General Hospital in Thoothukudi shortly, reports ANI
Home Ministry seeks report from Tamil Nadu govt over Thoothukudi incident
'Tamils are being butchered by the forces of Hindutva because they refuse to bow down to their ideology. No amount of RSS’ and Modi’s bullets will ever crush the spirit of the Tamil people. We are with you O great Tamil People', tweeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi
Makkal Needhi Maiam Chief Kamal Haasan to visit Thoothukudi today, reports ANI
Sterlite protests are contract killings by a terrorist state which can't even give its citizens the right to breathe unimpeded, tweeted a user Kavitharao
Madras High Court to deliver interim order today on the ongoing construction of a new copper smelter by Sterlite industries in Thoothukudi
MDMK Chief Vaiko met those injured during protest against Sterlite industries
Section 144 has been imposed in Thoothukudi, reports ANI
MK Stalin cancels Bangalore tour, to visit Thoothukudi, reports Oneindia Tamil
PM must resign if there indeed is a 'foreign conspiracy' replied twitter user Jokin Jeyapaul
"Foreign conspiracy to disturb peace in Tamil Nadu," said BJP Tamil Nadu President Tamilisai Soundararajan
“Where is human rights, where is Democracy,” ask Twitter users
Police patrols at various places including Chennai Railway Station, Collectorate Office; Marina Police monitoring in coastal areas from Nunnur to Kanattur, reports Sun News
Thoothukudi district locked up for second day in a row; bus transit freezes, university exams cancelled, reports Tamil daily Dinakaran
Health department has informed that a special medical team has visited Thoothukudi for treatment of the injured, reports Tamil daily Dinakaran
Fishermen protest against police firing, reports Tamil daily Dinakaran
Where does the final accountability of brutal murder of at least 11 Tamils lie, Stalin asks TN CM K Palaniswami
Is it accurate to say that there was a total failure of State intelligence which led to these unfortunate deaths, asks Stalin
Who ordered the police firing on protestors? Why were automatic weapons used to disperse the crowd and under what law is this permitted, MK Stalin asks Tamil Nadu CM
Why did you or your representatives NOT meet the protestors during the last 100 days? Why was the protest not resolved by your govt during this time, asks MK Stalin, Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu
Security tightened in Thoothukudi after eleven people were killed yesterday in police firing, reports ANI
Police protection has been strengthened across Chennai. At Marina Beach, 2,000 police personnel have been deployed, reports Tamli channel PuthiyathalaimuraiTV
Protests had been raging in Tuticorin for over three months, but turned violent on Tuesday, reports Firstpost
Chennai is under intensive surveillance of Tamil Nadu police, reports Tamil Daily Dinakaran
The police presence at the protest was around 5000, reports Tamil daily Dinakaran
The only party to justify the police action is the BJP- Chidambaram quoted by Thanthi TV
Mining company Sterlite Copper: The company has appealed to govt & authorities to ensure safety of our employees, facilities & surrounding communities. Sterlite Copper plant is non-operational
"Save Tuticorin, act against sterlite," tweets Saravanan Hari supporting the anti-sterlite protests
"British Raj in India would have been far more better than the current shameless, lame TN government," says Twitter user Sivsankar S
Dr J Aslam Basha: "Modern day General Dyer orders executed by TN Commando force; opening fire at protesters with assault rifles"
Actor Siddharth: "Each and every bullet in the chests of dead protestors will come back to haunt this sham of a govt in Tamil Nadu"
India Resists: "The state abdicates its responsibility to regulate and allows a highly toxic plant to start illegally. When people protest it kills 9 with sheer impunity"
Actor RK Balaji: "What happened in Thoothukudi is absolute shock. Shooting of innocent people by police is such a shame."
AAP leader Somnath Bharti: "AAP strongly condemns #TNGVT #TNPolice violating human rights & open firing on 50k peaceful protestors to #banSterlite in Thoothukudi"
Sudheendra Kulkarni: "I strongly condemn the killing of 9 persons in police firing during anti-#SterliteProtest in #Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu"
Congress leader Jothimani: "My heart goes out for the families of those who laid down their life in the fight against injustice"
Congress party says "The brutal killing of 9 people during the #SterliteProtest in Tamil Nadu is a reflection of the Govt's apathy towards people and their concerns"
Rajnikanth comes down heavily on TN Government's lethargic, careless attitude in handling the Sterlite protestors, reports Sify journalist
Kamal Haasan says " Tamil Nadu will not forget this betrayal, Who gave orders for the shootout?" reports Sify journalist
"Sad to see the killing, after all its a protest!" tweets Ajith Mathew George
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot "strongly condemn killing of innocent people in police firing in the Sterlite Protest in Tamil Nadu"
"Please don't call them as people's servant hereafter" says Twitter user Vignesh Hari
"Ordering the police to fire on innocent people is signs of a scared govt controlled by vested interests" says Twitter user Karuna Sanghvi
"Rubber bullets are supposed to be used to stop the protests. How the police used real bullets... Can you answer this TN government?" asks Twitter user Uday Kumar
"How can they kill their own people?" asks Twitter user Arul
"Why is the Home Ministry silent?" asks journalist
As per TN Governor's statement, 11 people have died in police firing in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami announces compensation of Rs 10 Lakh each for those killed during protest in Tuticorin and Rs 3 lakh each for injured, government jobs for the family members of the deceased; reports ANI
DMK Working President MK Stalin cancels Karnataka visit for HD Kumaraswamy's swearing in; will travel to Thoothukudi instead; reports ANI
'Clearly the State Govt did not know how to handle protesters', says Times Now journalist
'Not one English news channel is calling it 'death by police firing', says Twitter user
TN Chief Minister K Palaniswami releases statement:
PTI reports that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said in a statement that nine people have been killed in police action at Tuticorin; Palaniswami orders a judicial inquiry into Tuticorin violence and police action
Former Union Health Minister Anumani Ramadoss "strongly condemns Tamil Nadu police and the irresponsible government" for "indiscriminate firing against the protesters"
Those who died had bullet wounds on their chest. But usually to contain violence the police would shoot below the knee," tweets The Week's journalist
Fresh round of firing being reported from Thoothukudi, about 2.5 hours ago. Already nine people have been killed; reports The News Minute
Congress President Rahul Gandhi has called the shootings “state sponsored terrorism”
Stalin, Kamal Hassan, Rajnikanth slam TN Govt
Condemning the state government for the police firing that claimed many lives, DMK Working President MK Stalin said that police was committing atrocities. Other political leaders have also slammed police and the state government.
Actors Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth have also expressed solidarity with the protesters. The TN government must take action over the concerns expressed by the protesters, they said.
"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 said. He said there was no point in putting up a plant near residential and agricultural zone.
Rajinikanth, who had some time ago tweeted on the Sterlite protests, said: "One can't understand why the government, which gave the nod for the plant, is not taking any action and is just watching."
TN Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar says loss of lives "unfortunate" in a state known for peace
Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar told reporters in Chennai that the loss of lives was unfortunate in a state known for peace.
The Tamil Nadu government also issued a statement in which stated that Sterlite plant was functioning in the state for over 20 years and in 2013 the then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had ordered the closure of factory after people complained of irritation in their eyes after emissions from the project.
It said in March this year, the company had applied for removal of consent to operate (CTO) for its existing smelter plant. The application has been rejected for want of more clarifications after the state pollution control board found that the factory has not fulfilled some of the major factors including non-submission of a detailed ground water analysis, action not taken to dispose waste and not building a compound wall to arrest water mixing in the nearby river.
Protesters allege police used force without provocation
The protesters have alleged that police had used force without provocation on the peaceful gathering. People in Toothukudi are demanding the closure of Sterlite copper smelting plant alleging that it was polluting the area, and leading to severe health problems among the residents of the locality, besides depleting the water table.
Social activists have also joined the protests against the company. Heavy police deployment could be seen in Toothukudi and surrounding areas of the coastal city.
Opposition parties squarely blame Tamil Nadu state government for the deaths
Opposition parties squarely blamed the State government for the deaths with one of them even demanding the resignation of Chief Minister E Palaniswamy, who appealed to the people for calm.
The Chief Minister, who held a meeting with his ministerial colleagues and top police officials including DGP TK Rajendran, said action would be taken against the company.
In a statement, the state government said it would respect the wishes of the people in the matter. It said around 20,000 people took out a rally against the company and alleged they became violent by attacking police and burning police vehicles while storming the Collector's office. As police could not control the crowd, they resorted to a “few actions”, it said.
The statement said the government will take all legal steps in the matter and asked the people to maintain peace. Police from neighbouring districts of Madurai and Virudhunagar was rushed to Thoothukudi to bring the situation under control.
Nine dead in police firing in Toothukudi after Sterlite protests turn violent
Nine people, including a girl, died on Tuesday in police firing after the ongoing anti-Sterlite protests turned violent with hundreds of people from nearby areas allegedly attacking the District Collectorate demanding closure of the Vedanta Group-run company.
In the first major incident of police firing in Tamil Nadu on protesters and resultant deaths, they first fired teargas shells and carried out baton charges to bring the protesters under control but passions were high.
Police then resorted to firing as hundreds of people gathered in defiance of prohibitory orders on the 100th day of their agitation ever since the company announced the expansion plans of the four lakh tonne per annum Sterlite Copper project and attacked the Collectorate.
The area around the Collectorate resembled a battle-zone with the protesters setting vehicles afire and attacking policemen with stones. Plumes of black smoke emanated from the protest site. Police retaliated in a bid to bring the situation under control.
Among those who died were identified as Antony Selvaraj, Kandiah, Gladson, Jayaram, Maniraj, Tamilarasan, Shanmugham and Venista. At least 60 people, including policemen, were injured in the clashes. Many of them were admitted to hospitals for treatment.