Bodies of deceased in anti-Sterlite protest to be preserved: Madras HC

A Tamil Nadu police personnel in plainclothes placing himself atop a police bus a few meters away from where people had gathered to hold anti Steralite protest

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

Chennai: Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth on Wednesday condemned the Tamil Nadu's government's "careless attitude" and "unlawful police firing" at the anti-Sterlite Copper Smelting plant protesters in Thoothukudi.

The agitation turned violent after protestors were barred from marching up to the plant, due to which they began to pelt stones and toppled police vehicles.

He said police had been forced to act "since protesters disregarded a curfew, acted against the advice of police", and indulged in violence.

"The police had to take action under unavoidable circumstances to protect public life and property as the protesters resorted to repeated violence".

In Tamil Nadu, Narendra Modi's BJP has a single parliamentarian, and no state lawmakers. The locals alleged that the plant was polluting groundwater and causing serious health issues.

In a major relief to the protesters at Thoothukudi, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday stayed the expansion of Sterlite copper smelter plant.

The police shootout has sparked off a widespread outrage across Tamil Nadu with the opposition DMK calling for an all party protest on May 25. This is a Jallianwallah Bagh type of massacre.

Last evening, when nine people were reported dead in police firing, Gandhi decried a "a brutal example of state-sponsored terrorism".

"The gunning down by the police of nine people in the Sterlite protest in Tamil Nadu is a brutal example of state-sponsored terrorism". These citizens were murdered for protesting against injustice.

Governor Banwarilal Purohit condoled the death of people who were killed during the firing.

The Chief Minister also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the families of each of those killed, Rs 3 lakh to those seriously injured, and Rs 1 lakh for people who suffered minor injuries. It is not me but the victims who are demanding this. "This industry must be shut and this is what people demand", Haasan said after meeting those injured at the General Hospital in Thoothukudi.

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