Saddened by the unfortunate turn of events at Tuticorin. pic.twitter.com/yURUUdlwn3— Anil Agarwal (@AnilAgarwal_Ved) May 24, 2018
Anti-Sterlite protests: Madras HC declines to modify order on preservation of bodies
The Madras High Court on Thursday declined to modify its order directing the Tamil Nadu government to preserve until further orders the bodies of those killed during the anti-Sterlite protest at Tuticorin on May 22.
A vacation bench of justices T Ravindran and P Velmurugan rejected the state government's plea for modifying the court's order and directed it to file its counter by May 30. The government submitted no purpose would be served in preserving the bodies and cited opinion of experts that in case of injuries on bodies, it would lead to rapid decomposition even in cold storage. Such cases of mass preservation would accelerate decomposition, the government said.
In his petition filed on behalf of the Home Secretary, the DGP, the district collector and the SP of Tuticorin, M Murugan, joint secretary Home (Strictly Confidential) department, submitted that a team of government doctors has already conducted and completed the post-mortem of two bodies. (PTI)
#Thoothukudi: Meeting of 'Consultative Committee for Peace Restoration in #Thoothukudi' underway, headed by District Magistrate, SP, IG (South Zone) & state govt monitoring officers Davidhar & Gagandeep Singh Bedi. All party delegation, including local MLA to also meet them later— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2018
"Want to ask the PM, is the Tamil Nadu CM fit to continue? This is another kind of fitness challenge that we throw it to the Prime Minister," Singhvi said.
"After clear proof of shooting and killings, not a single suspension has happened just transfers," Singhvi said.
"Has anybody found out which officer was responsible to readily accept this project when it shifted from Maharashtra," Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said.
"Why did the Govt reverse the Congress decision that no clearance will be given to industries in such zones where there is a clear chance of environment hazards," Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said.
The electricity supply to Sterlite Industries has been cut off: Gagandeep Singh Bedi, government monitoring officer told ANI.
"65 people have been arrested and remanded for indulging in violence during the Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi. Another 68 people have been arrested and will be produced in front of the magistrate for causing damage to public property and indulging in violence," Sandeep Nanduri, Collector said.
Supreme Court lawyer GS Mani, has filed a writ petition in the Court seeking registration of FIR and investigation by the CBI against Thoothukudi Collector, Superintendent of Police and other police officials, reported ANI.
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed with the Supreme Court demanding a CBI probe into the violence that took place over protests in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, according to media reports.
JUST IN | Madras High Court refuses to modify order on preservation of dead bodies in the Tuticorin protest. The bodies will not be cremated until further notice.
The TN Govt has been unable to give answers to #TuticorinMassacre. We will ensure the protestors' and peoples' voices from Tuticorin are heard in Chennai. Our fight against this #IncompetentEPS Govt will NOT stop till the resignations of the CM and DGP. #SterliteProtest— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) May 24, 2018
Justifying the police shooting at the protest, Tamil Nadu CM said, "If someone is attacked, the natural course would be to defend & safeguard themselves. This is what has been done by the police in response".
The entire episode which happened was primarily because of certain political parties, NGOs & anti-social elements, who took protestors to a wrong path: EK Palaniswami on #SterliteProtests in which 13 people have died due to firing by police. pic.twitter.com/Cb5hFoznVQ— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2018
"I am deeply pained at the loss of precious lives during the agitation at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu. The Ministry of Home Affairs has taken cognisance of the situation and sought a report on the incident and the prevailing situation from the state government," Rajnath Singh said.
"Amma's government is taking the legal route to ensure that Sterlite is shut down. Section 144 has been imposed so there are no untoward incidents. But despite this, for selfish reasons, opposition leader decided to go ahead with protests," Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami said.
"While Jayalalithaa was CM, she canceled Sterlite's permission. NGT gave a ruling that they can run a smelter, if they follow rules. Jaya went to the SC, and this case is going on," Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami said.
Just to stage a political drama, MK Stalin staged a demonstration in front of the office; Stalin did not say he wanted to me at BAC meeting: CM Palaniswami said.
"It was a pre-planned move by the DMK to protest right outside my office," Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami said.
A clash between DMK workers & police took place outside Tamil Nadu secretariat, while the former were protesting over #SterliteProtests in #Thoothukudi. The workers were blocking the vehicle in which MK Stalin & other party leaders were being taken. #TamilNadu pic.twitter.com/v7pXixraEs— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2018
"Priority is to restore normalcy. Will update on official death toll and number of injured by the evening. Further says it won’t be appropriate to comment on who gave the shoot orders," new Tuticorin collector Sandeep Nanduri said.