NHRC issues notice to TN Govt over Sterlite protest

NHRC issues notice to TN Govt over Sterlite protest

In the notice to seeking replies from Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP), the NHRC has sought reply on police firing within two weeks.

Amid the outrage, the state has appointed controversial judge Aruna Jagadeesan to probe the killing of the civilians.

Notwithstanding the imposition of prohibitory orders, which was extended till May 25, the mob staged a sit-in inside the GH campus demanding written assurance from the state government for permanent closure of Sterlite plant and to register murder cases against the police personnel who opened fire on protesters yesterday that claimed 10 lives.

Police violence in Tuticorin has left at least 10 dead and hundreds injured. Several reports, however, put the death toll at 11.

On Tuesday, 11 people were killed and more than 65 other injured allegedly in police firing during a protest against the construction of a copper smelter by the Sterlite mining industry in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi.

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Hurling stones and setting government vehicles and public property on fire, the agitators went on the rampage in the town, the police said.

Chennai, May 23 The Tamil Nadu government today ordered suspension of internet services in Tuticorin and adjoining districts of Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari for five days to prevent spread of rumours through social media and help bring public tranquility.

Union Home Ministry officials said the ministry is in touch with the state government over the developments in the port town in the southern state.

Meanwhile, The Sensex and Nifty tanked, dragged by energy stocks such as HPCL and ONGC on rising concern that the government may ask state-owned oil firms to share the burden of higher petrol and diesel prices.