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

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23 May 2018, 6:57 PM

Internet services suspended in Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari to keep rumours from spreading, as per news reports.

23 May 2018, 5:44 PM

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.

23 May 2018, 5:23 PM

CPI(M) hold protest in Tuticorin

23 May 2018, 4:56 PM

Protesters hurl molotov cocktails as fresh clashes broke out between police and protesters, media reports

23 May 2018, 4:26 PM

Those responsible for this merciless shooting down of protesters should be held accountable, says Sitaram Yechury

23 May 2018, 4:21 PM

Madras High Court orders to preserve the bodies of 11 people who were killed in police firing in Thoothukudi

23 May 2018, 4:12 PM

Civilians were hunted down like animals by the police: Advocate arguing for civilians in the trial court, reports Tamil Daily Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 4:05 PM

Situation will normalise if closing of Sterlite plant is announced: MK Stalin

23 May 2018, 3:44 PM

Only if the Government of Tamil Nadu asks for help, the central government will send a paramilitary force - Home Secretary Rajeev Kauva; reports Dinamalar

23 May 2018, 3:42 PM

Protest in front of Collector Offices condemning Thoothukudi incident: Sarath Kumar's announcement; reports Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 3:38 PM

DMDK Chief Vijayakanth writes to PM Modi asking for Sterlite to be permanently closed; reports CNN News 18

23 May 2018, 3:33 PM

DMK Working President MK Stalin meets people who were injured in Sterlite Protest in Thoothukudi

23 May 2018, 3:32 PM

Centre for Science and Environment "strongly condemned the killing of innocent protesters in Tuticorin"

23 May 2018, 3:25 PM

If you ask for right to live, they will shoot you down with bullets: SP spokesperson Juhie Singh

23 May 2018, 3:22 PM

Tamil Nadu government has requested to send a paramilitary force to control the Thoothukudi struggle; reports Tamil daily Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 3:21 PM

Another person killed in Tuticorin; reports Puthiyathalaimurai TV

23 May 2018, 3:12 PM

DMK leader Stalin arrives at general hospital in Tuticorin, reports Firstpost

23 May 2018, 3:08 PM

The number of casualties reported by Tuticorin police has risen to 12, reports Puthiyathalaimurai TV

23 May 2018, 2:43 PM

One more dead and two injured in fresh firing in Tuticorin, reports CNN News 18

23 May 2018, 2:40 PM

‘At least 1 should die’: News Minute reveals chilling video of cops from Sterlite protests

23 May 2018, 2:40 PM

Who ordered to fire bullets at the protestors? National Human Rights Commission issues notice; reports Tamil daily Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 2:34 PM

Has the police administration got a bribe from Sterlite administration, asks Sasikala Pusha; reports Tamil daily Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 2:31 PM

Police fires again in Anna Nagar area in Thoothukudi to disperse the protesters, reports Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 2:31 PM

More than 10 policemen injured in protests, reports Tamil channel Puthiyathalaimurai TV

23 May 2018, 2:24 PM

Police says strict action against those inciting violence, reports Puthiyathalaimurai TV

23 May 2018, 2:22 PM

Police fires rubber bullets to contain confrontation with protesters in Anna Nagar, reports Tamil daily Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 2:20 PM

Kamal Haasan booked for violating Section 144, repots Firstpost

23 May 2018, 2:14 PM

Confrontation between police and civilians in Anna Nagar area of ​​Thoothukudi, reports leading Tamil daily Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 2:13 PM

Forces deployed outside General Hospital in Tuticorin, reports ANI

23 May 2018, 2:11 PM

Fishermen involved demonstration arrested at Nochikulam in Chennai, reports Tamil Daily Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 2:05 PM

Democratic Students' Federation to hold protest at Tamil Nadu bhavan, New Delhi at 4 pm today against brutal firing on peaceful protesters

23 May 2018, 1:55 PM

A bus was set ablaze by protesters outside General Hospital in Tuticorin, reports ANI

23 May 2018, 1:55 PM

The TN government and the police officials are answerable for the inhuman assault, says actor GV Prakash Kumar

23 May 2018, 1:36 PM

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

23 May 2018, 1:36 PM

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan demands a ban on Sterlite industry

23 May 2018, 1:36 PM

Puducheerry CM V Narayanasamy: Unpardonable & brutal incident which cannot be condoled

23 May 2018, 1:33 PM

Offer my condolence to the families of victims of anti sterlite protest. I condemn the firing in Tuticorin: Rajinikanth; reports CNN News 18

23 May 2018, 1:32 PM

Do not get out of houses - police to public; reports Oneindia Tamil

23 May 2018, 1:23 PM

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

23 May 2018, 1:21 PM

Thoothukudi police vehicle set ablaze; reports Tamil channel Puthiyathalaimurai TV

23 May 2018, 1:13 PM

At least 12 people have been killed in the struggle against the Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi; reports Tamil Daily Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 1:04 PM

NHRC issues notice to TN Chief Secretary and DGP over police firing during anti-sterlite protest in Thoothukudi, reports ANI

23 May 2018, 1:02 PM

People united appeals Congress President Rahul Gandhi to visit Tuticorin; "it will be the moral support for the people in pain and loss"

23 May 2018, 12:51 PM

NHRC takes suo motu cognisance based on the news reports over Tuticorin killings, tweets Arvind Gunasekar

23 May 2018, 12:49 PM

I ran for 200 metres to escape police firing. Heard bullet sounds to the nearest. All racing one another, recounts a twitter user

23 May 2018, 12:41 PM

Shame on spineless Tamil Nadu government, tweets actor Prakash Raj

23 May 2018, 12:36 PM

Retired Judge Aruna Jagadeesan has been appointed by the TN government to probe police firing during anti-sterlite protest in Thoothukudi

23 May 2018, 12:34 PM

Locals and police clash outside General Hospital in Thoothukudi, reports ANI

23 May 2018, 12:28 PM

CPI(M) hold protest in Coimbatore against death of 11 people in anti-sterlite protest in Thoothukudi, reports ANI

23 May 2018, 11:52 AM

DMK calls for an all party protest on May 25 over Thoothukudi incident

23 May 2018, 11:43 AM

Madras High Court stays construction of a new copper smelter by Sterlite industries in Thoothukudi, reports ANI

23 May 2018, 11:35 AM

Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan arrives at General Hospital in Thoothukudi to meet people who were injured in Sterlite Protest, reports ANI

23 May 2018, 11:34 AM

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

23 May 2018, 11:33 AM

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

23 May 2018, 11:31 AM

Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan to reach General Hospital in Thoothukudi shortly, reports ANI

23 May 2018, 11:29 AM

Home Ministry seeks report from Tamil Nadu govt over Thoothukudi incident

23 May 2018, 10:43 AM

'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

23 May 2018, 9:57 AM

Makkal Needhi Maiam Chief Kamal Haasan to visit Thoothukudi today, reports ANI

23 May 2018, 9:56 AM

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

23 May 2018, 9:53 AM

Madras High Court to deliver interim order today on the ongoing construction of a new copper smelter by Sterlite industries in Thoothukudi

23 May 2018, 9:51 AM

MDMK Chief Vaiko met those injured during protest against Sterlite industries

23 May 2018, 9:49 AM

Section 144 has been imposed in Thoothukudi, reports ANI

23 May 2018, 9:12 AM

MK Stalin cancels Bangalore tour, to visit Thoothukudi, reports Oneindia Tamil

23 May 2018, 9:10 AM

PM must resign if there indeed is a 'foreign conspiracy' replied twitter user Jokin Jeyapaul

23 May 2018, 9:08 AM

"Foreign conspiracy to disturb peace in Tamil Nadu," said BJP Tamil Nadu President Tamilisai Soundararajan

23 May 2018, 9:04 AM

“Where is human rights, where is Democracy,” ask Twitter users

23 May 2018, 8:59 AM

Police patrols at various places including Chennai Railway Station, Collectorate Office; Marina Police monitoring in coastal areas from Nunnur to Kanattur, reports Sun News

23 May 2018, 8:57 AM

Thoothukudi district locked up for second day in a row; bus transit freezes, university exams cancelled, reports Tamil daily Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 8:49 AM

Health department has informed that a special medical team has visited Thoothukudi for treatment of the injured, reports Tamil daily Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 8:44 AM

Fishermen protest against police firing, reports Tamil daily Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 8:42 AM

Where does the final accountability of brutal murder of at least 11 Tamils lie, Stalin asks TN CM K Palaniswami

23 May 2018, 8:41 AM

Is it accurate to say that there was a total failure of State intelligence which led to these unfortunate deaths, asks Stalin

23 May 2018, 8:39 AM

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

23 May 2018, 8:39 AM

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

23 May 2018, 8:35 AM

Security tightened in Thoothukudi after eleven people were killed yesterday in police firing, reports ANI

23 May 2018, 8:33 AM

Police protection has been strengthened across Chennai. At Marina Beach, 2,000 police personnel have been deployed, reports Tamli channel PuthiyathalaimuraiTV

23 May 2018, 8:27 AM

Protests had been raging in Tuticorin for over three months, but turned violent on Tuesday, reports Firstpost

23 May 2018, 8:26 AM

Chennai is under intensive surveillance of Tamil Nadu police, reports Tamil Daily Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 8:23 AM

The police presence at the protest was around 5000, reports Tamil daily Dinakaran

23 May 2018, 8:21 AM

The only party to justify the police action is the BJP- Chidambaram quoted by Thanthi TV

23 May 2018, 8:15 AM

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

23 May 2018, 8:11 AM

"Save Tuticorin, act against sterlite," tweets Saravanan Hari supporting the anti-sterlite protests

23 May 2018, 8:07 AM

"British Raj in India would have been far more better than the current shameless, lame TN government," says Twitter user Sivsankar S

23 May 2018, 7:53 AM

Dr J Aslam Basha: "Modern day General Dyer orders executed by TN Commando force; opening fire at protesters with assault rifles"

23 May 2018, 7:52 AM

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"

22 May 2018, 8:57 PM

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"

22 May 2018, 8:56 PM

Actor RK Balaji: "What happened in Thoothukudi is absolute shock. Shooting of innocent people by police is such a shame."

22 May 2018, 8:55 PM

AAP leader Somnath Bharti: "AAP strongly condemns #TNGVT #TNPolice violating human rights & open firing on 50k peaceful protestors to #banSterlite in Thoothukudi"

22 May 2018, 8:54 PM

Sudheendra Kulkarni: "I strongly condemn the killing of 9 persons in police firing during anti-#SterliteProtest in #Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu"

22 May 2018, 8:53 PM

Congress leader Jothimani: "My heart goes out for the families of those who laid down their life in the fight against injustice"

22 May 2018, 7:47 PM

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"

22 May 2018, 7:46 PM

Rajnikanth comes down heavily on TN Government's lethargic, careless attitude in handling the Sterlite protestors, reports Sify journalist

22 May 2018, 7:45 PM

Kamal Haasan says " Tamil Nadu will not forget this betrayal, Who gave orders for the shootout?" reports Sify journalist

22 May 2018, 7:40 PM

"Sad to see the killing, after all its a protest!" tweets Ajith Mathew George

22 May 2018, 7:36 PM

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot "strongly condemn killing of innocent people in police firing in the Sterlite Protest in Tamil Nadu"

22 May 2018, 7:13 PM

"Please don't call them as people's servant hereafter" says Twitter user Vignesh Hari

22 May 2018, 7:12 PM

"Ordering the police to fire on innocent people is signs of a scared govt controlled by vested interests" says Twitter user Karuna Sanghvi

22 May 2018, 7:08 PM

"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

22 May 2018, 7:06 PM

"How can they kill their own people?" asks Twitter user Arul

22 May 2018, 7:03 PM

"Why is the Home Ministry silent?" asks journalist

22 May 2018, 7:02 PM

As per TN Governor's statement, 11 people have died in police firing in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu

Live: Madras HC orders bodies of 11 dead in Thoothukudi  to be preserved 
22 May 2018, 6:53 PM

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

22 May 2018, 6:51 PM

DMK Working President MK Stalin cancels Karnataka visit for HD Kumaraswamy's swearing in; will travel to Thoothukudi instead; reports ANI

22 May 2018, 6:49 PM

'Clearly the State Govt did not know how to handle protesters', says Times Now journalist

22 May 2018, 6:48 PM

'Not one English news channel is calling it 'death by police firing', says Twitter user

22 May 2018, 6:45 PM

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

22 May 2018, 6:43 PM

Former Union Health Minister Anumani Ramadoss "strongly condemns Tamil Nadu police and the irresponsible government" for "indiscriminate firing against the protesters"

22 May 2018, 6:40 PM

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

22 May 2018, 6:35 PM

Fresh round of firing being reported from Thoothukudi, about 2.5 hours ago. Already nine people have been killed; reports The News Minute

22 May 2018, 6:28 PM

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has called the shootings “state sponsored terrorism”

22 May 2018, 6:28 PM

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."

22 May 2018, 6:26 PM

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.

22 May 2018, 6:26 PM

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.

22 May 2018, 6:24 PM

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.

22 May 2018, 6:18 PM

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.

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