Gunning down of anti-Sterlite protesters in Tamil Nadu is state-sponsored terrorism: Rahul Gandhi
Nine people were killed on Tuesday during a protest seeking the closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper unit in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin.Updated: May 22, 2018 19:28 IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi termed on Tuesday the death of nine people in police firing during protests against the Sterlite copper plant in Tamil Nadu a “brutal example of state-sponsored terrorism”.
He said people were murdered in Tuticorin for protesting against injustice.
“The gunning down by the police of 9 people in the Sterlite protest in Tamil Nadu is a brutal example of state sponsored terrorism. These citizens were murdered for protesting against injustice. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these martyrs and the injured,” Gandhi said on Twitter.
Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami said nine people were killed in police action at Tuticorin and ordered a judicial inquiry into the police action.
The police action followed months-long protests for the closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite copper unit in Tuticorin, about 600 km from Tamil Nadu capital Chennai, over pollution concerns. The agitation turned violent on Tuesday, with protesters fighting pitched battles with police, prompting it to open fire.
Hurling stones and setting government vehicles and public property on fire, the agitators went on the rampage in the town.