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Police Fire During Anti-Sterlite Protest In Tamil Nadu: 9 Dead

May 22,2018  

Anti-Sterlite Protest In Tamil Nadu 9 Dead
Police opened fire on protesters who went on a rampage today demanding closure of a copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu's port city of Tuticorin.......

CHENNAI: Police opened fire on protesters who went on a rampage today demanding closure of a copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu's port city of Tuticorin, prompting the ruling AIADMK government to issue appeals for calm and a promise to take legal action against the plant. A statement by the state government did not specify the casualties in the clashes and senior police officers claimed that they could not confirm the number of deaths.

Senior Tamil Nadu minister D Jayakumar, however, appeared to confirm that there were deaths when he spoke about compensation for the injured and those "shot dead".

Local media reports say at least nine people had died in today's protests.

Thousands of local residents have been protesting for more than three months against the Sterlite copper smelting plant and its reported expansion but complained that the state government had not responded to their demands.

About 20,000 people gathered at the protest site today and stormed the district collector's office, vandalising government property.

Senior Tamil Nadu minister Jayakumar said that the police didn't have an option but to open fire since the protests had turned "extremely violent". The police firing was unavoidable, he said.