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Anti-sterlite stir : uneasy calm in Thoothukudi, tolls mounts to 10

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Thoothukudi | Wednesday, May 23 2018 IST
With the toll mounting to ten, an uneasy calm and eerie silence prevailed in this port town on Wednesday, a day after police opened fire to quell arson and violence after the agitation demanding permanent closure of the Sterlite Copper Smelting plant turned violent.

Police resorted to firing on Tuesday after thousands of protesters under the banner of Anti-Sterlite movement went on the rampage during the massive rally, torching police vehicles and those parked in the District Collectorate campus, before pelting stones and ransacking it.

A total of nine people were killed and several injured in the bloody violence in which the protestors fought a pitched battle with the police.

Meanwhile, reports received at the police headquarters in Chennai said one more person succumbed to injuries late last night, taking the toll to ten and a total of 95 people, including 36 policemen, were injured in the violence and were undergoing treatment at the hospital.

The condition of two of the injured was said to be critical, even as family members of the deceased staged a dharna at the Thoothukdi government hospital, opposing conduct of post-mortem on the bodies.

Normal life came to a standstill ever since the 100-day anti-sterlite stir turned violent, with shops and commercial establishments downing their shutters.

A bandh like situation prevailed and people stayed indoors as the district administration announced that prohibitory orders under Sec 144 of CrPC which was promulgated on Monday evening, would be in force till the morning of May 25.

District Collector N Venkatesh said that prohibitory orders were extended in Vembar, Kulathur, Arumugamangalam, Vedanatham, Ottapidaram, Eppodum Vendran in Thoothukudi till May 25 morning.

Public transport was suspended from Thoothukudi to other parts of the State as a precautionary measure. However, there was no bar for the entry of tourist vehicles, sources said.

The entire Thoothukudi town was brought under police control and para military forces and extra police forces drafted from neighbouring districts, were deployed to maintain law and order.

''''Though the situation is tense, it is under control'''', a senior police official said. MORE UNI GSM-GV CS 1205

-- (UNI) -- C-1-1-DL0275-1374657.Xml

 
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