TN suspends internet in Tuticorin to stop spread of 'rumours'

TN suspends internet in Tuticorin to stop spread of 'rumours'

Several reports, however, put the death toll at 11.

Ten people died yesterday after police opened fire on protesters who were demanding a permanent closure of the copper smelting plant of Sterlite.

The home ministry has asked the state government to provide details of the incident at Tuticorin, an official said. The sheer brutality of the police action reminds one of the manner in which the Jallikattu protests were dealt with. After the stone-pelting began, the police "had to use minimum force and remove them", Trichy DIG Pradeep Kumar, who's been tasked with maintaining law and order at the premises, said.

Gandhi tweeted: "The gunning down by the police of nine people in".

Meanwhile, in fresh police firing, at least one person was killed and five injured in Thoothukudi on Wednesday. Tamil Nadu, is a brutal example of state-sponsored terrorism.

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Local television showed police trying to disperse the crowd with tear gas and a policeman firing shots from the top of a van. About 20 police officers were also injured in the skirmish, which occurred in the southern port city Tuticorin.

The locals are up in arms against the construction of the copper plant, claiming that it would pollute groundwater in their area and cause serious environmental hazards.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has also issued a notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary and Director general of police (DGP) over the police firing.

The plant has been closed since March, when it shut for maintenance, but it has since been denied an operating license over failure to observe environmental regulations, Reuters reported.

"We would like to restart the plant as soon as possible, in a peaceful manner", P. Ramnath, chief executive of Vedanta Ltd's copper business, told Reuters.