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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth.(PTI)

Anti-Sterlite agitation in Thoothukudi: Rajinikanth summoned in January for his remarks

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 09:22 PM IST
In May 2018, Rajinikanth had said that anti-social elements had infiltrated the protest, turning it violent, which is why police had opened fire
The Coast Guard has seized drugs including 100kg of heroin from a Sri Lankan boat south of Thoothukudi during an operation.(Sourced)
The Coast Guard has seized drugs including 100kg of heroin from a Sri Lankan boat south of Thoothukudi during an operation.(Sourced)

100kg heroin in empty fuel tank seized from Lankan boat. Pakistan is the source

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 05:58 PM IST
The drugs were transferred onto the Sri Lankan vessel on high seas by a Pakistani dhow from Karachi, officials familiar with the development said.
Residents gather as they carry the coffin of P Jeyaraj and his son J Bennicks in June, in Sathankulam, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.(AFP File)
Residents gather as they carry the coffin of P Jeyaraj and his son J Bennicks in June, in Sathankulam, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.(AFP File)

My husband’s and son’s deaths should be the last: Selvarani on Thoothukudi custodial deaths trial

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 01:48 PM IST
Police had picked up Jeyaraj in the evening on June 19 from his mobile phone shop and Bennicks followed him to the Sathankulam police station to seek his father’s release. The father and son were tortured by the policemen through the night
Villagers protesting against the custodial deaths of Jeyaraj and Bennicks at Sathankulam in Tuticorin district in June.(PTI File)
Villagers protesting against the custodial deaths of Jeyaraj and Bennicks at Sathankulam in Tuticorin district in June.(PTI File)

Thoothukudi custodial deaths: CBI charge sheet details six hours of inhumane torture

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 03:57 PM IST
When Bennicks saw his father was being roughed up at the police station, an altercation and a scuffle ensued between him and sub-inspector (S-I) Balakrishnan, following which the police personnel “decided to teach him a lesson on how to behave with the police”, according to the CBI charge sheet
AIADMK cadres headed by MLA Chinnappan tried to block the road and raised slogans against the police(PTI)
AIADMK cadres headed by MLA Chinnappan tried to block the road and raised slogans against the police(PTI)

DMK and AIADMK cadres clash in Thoothukudi, 604 booked

Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu | By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 11:52 AM IST
The police had to resort to mild lathi charge to disperse the crowd which ended up slightly injuring MLA Chinnappan and DSP Kalai Kadhiran.
A security guard stands in front of the main gate of Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu.(Reuters File Photo)
A security guard stands in front of the main gate of Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu.(Reuters File Photo)

HC rejects Vedanta plea to reopen Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu

Mint, Bengaluru | By Sharan Poovanna
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2020 06:49 AM IST
The Sterlite verdict is likely to have far-reaching consequences on the fate of similar establishments across the country and bolster the fight of green activists for stricter compliance with environmental laws.
Villagers stage a protest in solidarity with custodial death victims J Bennicks and P Jayaraj at Sathankulam on June 28.(PTI File Photo)
Villagers stage a protest in solidarity with custodial death victims J Bennicks and P Jayaraj at Sathankulam on June 28.(PTI File Photo)

Tamil Nadu custodial death case puts focus on another victim’s 14-year fight for justice

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2020 05:12 AM IST
In a June 28 judicial probe into Bennicks and Jayaraj’s alleged custodial deaths, a police head constable testified that the two were thrashed with lathis in the police station through the night of June 19.
CBI registered two cases on Tuesday based on Tamil Nadu police’s First Information Reports in the case.(PTI)
CBI registered two cases on Tuesday based on Tamil Nadu police’s First Information Reports in the case.(PTI)

CBI takes over probe, files first FIRs in Tamil Nadu torture case

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2020 12:30 AM IST
The special team from Delhi will question the five police personnel arrested for the alleged murders and take them into custody.
Rajinikanth issued a strongly worded statement to condemn Sathankulam deaths.
Rajinikanth issued a strongly worded statement to condemn Sathankulam deaths.

Rajinikanth on Sathankulam custodial deaths: ‘All the officials should be severely punished’

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Karthik Kumar
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 01:50 PM IST
Rajinikanth, who had spoken to Jeyaraj’s wife last week, issued a statement on the death of father and son duo, Jeyaraj and Fennix i Tamil Nadu.
For India, custodial torture and deaths are a huge blot on its democratic credentials. It undermines rule of law, erodes the faith of people in the system and is inhuman.(Arvind Yadav/HT)
For India, custodial torture and deaths are a huge blot on its democratic credentials. It undermines rule of law, erodes the faith of people in the system and is inhuman.(Arvind Yadav/HT)

The inhumanity, illegality of custodial torture

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2020 05:19 AM IST
It undermines rule of law, and erodes people’s faith in the system. Take remedial steps
MP Kanimozhi had met the bereaved family members and handed over a cheque for Rs 25 lakh on behalf of DMK chief MK Stalin and assured the family of the party’s complete support.(ANI file photo)
MP Kanimozhi had met the bereaved family members and handed over a cheque for Rs 25 lakh on behalf of DMK chief MK Stalin and assured the family of the party’s complete support.(ANI file photo)

Thoothukudi custodial death: Tamil Nadu govt provides compensation to family of victims

Chennai | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2020 02:20 PM IST
Meanwhile, the Superintendent of Police (SP), Thoothukudi submitted a status report at the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on June 26 in connection with the alleged custodial deaths of the father-son duo.
Rajinikanth has been summoned by the judicial commission probing the police firing on anti-Sterlite protesters in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi (ANI Photo)
Rajinikanth has been summoned by the judicial commission probing the police firing on anti-Sterlite protesters in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi (ANI Photo)

Rajinikanth summoned by panel probing Thoothukudi police firing

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By MC Rajan
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2020 10:16 AM IST
The commission, headed by justice (retired) Aruna Jegadeesan, has summoned the actor to appear in person at the panel’s premises in Thoothukudi on February 25.
ISRO chief K Sivan addressing a press conference in Bengaluru on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)
ISRO chief K Sivan addressing a press conference in Bengaluru on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)

Training for Gaganyaan astronauts to begin in 3 weeks, says ISRO chief K Sivan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anonna Dutta
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 02:50 AM IST
The ISRO chairperson said that India’s human spaceflight programme is progressing well.
Kanizmohi, the Thoothukkudi MP, had accused that the move was an attempt to reduce the importance of Tamil and impose Hindi.(PTI FILE)
Kanizmohi, the Thoothukkudi MP, had accused that the move was an attempt to reduce the importance of Tamil and impose Hindi.(PTI FILE)

‘I don’t understand Hindi’: DMK lawmaker Kanimozhi hits out at Govt

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 02:35 PM IST
The statement comes days after a row erupted over Hindi stickers on road transport corporation (TNSTC) and Metropolitan Transport Corporation of Chennai (MTC) buses in the state.
The incident came to light when the couple wasn’t to be seen on Thursday morning and the door to their house remained closed. Neighbours, accompanied by Solairajan’s mother Muthumari, forced open the door. (Representative image)(Getty Images)
The incident came to light when the couple wasn’t to be seen on Thursday morning and the door to their house remained closed. Neighbours, accompanied by Solairajan’s mother Muthumari, forced open the door. (Representative image)(Getty Images)

Man, pregnant wife hacked to death over inter-caste marriage

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2019 11:39 PM IST
If the police assessment on it being a hate crime is true, this will be the second such incident in a week after the murder of an inter-caste couple in Coimbatore on July 25.
In Tamil Nadu 39 seats are voting in phase 2, polling was cancelled in Vellore after huge cash was recovered in the constituency.(Reuters File)
In Tamil Nadu 39 seats are voting in phase 2, polling was cancelled in Vellore after huge cash was recovered in the constituency.(Reuters File)

DMK’s Kanimozhi faces her first Lok Sabha test in strategically chosen Thoothukudi

UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 09:25 PM IST
This is Kanimozhi’s first Lok Sabha election, she is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha.
The raid began late on Tuesday and ended in the early hours of Wednesday.(HT Photo)
The raid began late on Tuesday and ended in the early hours of Wednesday.(HT Photo)

After Kanimozhi, raids on AIADMK, AMMK

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 11:27 PM IST
The raids came a day after I-T and EC officials raided the office and residence of senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Kanimozhi in Thoothukudi. Police detained five AMMK workers for stopping officials from going into the party office in Theni district’s Andipatti, where a bypoll is scheduled on Thursday.
The income tax department raided the house of DMK leader Kanimozhi in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi on Tuesday(Reuters File Photo)
The income tax department raided the house of DMK leader Kanimozhi in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi on Tuesday(Reuters File Photo)

Income tax department raids DMK leader Kanimozhi’s house in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2019 09:40 PM IST
The income tax department raided the house of DMK leader Kanimozhi in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi on Tuesday evening. Kanimozhi is the DMK’s candidate from Thoothukudi in the Lok Sabha elections.
DMK’s face in the national capital and late Dravidian patriarch Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi has jumped into the fray for the Lok Sabha elections, seeking to contest from the southern port town of Thoothukudi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
DMK’s face in the national capital and late Dravidian patriarch Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi has jumped into the fray for the Lok Sabha elections, seeking to contest from the southern port town of Thoothukudi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Kanimozhi to contest from Thoothukudi, DMK seals pact with VCK, CPI

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By MC Rajan & M Manikandan
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2019 08:48 PM IST
DMK’s face in the national capital and late Dravidian patriarch Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi has jumped into the fray for the Lok Sabha elections, seeking to contest from the southern port town of Thoothukudi.
SCreengrab of video shared on Twitter of the Thoothukudi violence
SCreengrab of video shared on Twitter of the Thoothukudi violence

Anti-Sterlite protesters killed by shots to head, chest; half from behind: Autopsies

Thoothukudi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2018 09:57 PM IST
In the case of the youngest to be killed, a bullet entered the back of 17-year-old J Snowlin’s head and exited through her mouth, the autopsy found.
Indian residents along with their children hold placards and shout slogan demanding to shutdown a copper smelter company 'Sterlite' at Thoothukudi in Chennai on April 01, 2018.(AFP file photo)
Indian residents along with their children hold placards and shout slogan demanding to shutdown a copper smelter company 'Sterlite' at Thoothukudi in Chennai on April 01, 2018.(AFP file photo)

Anti-Sterlite protesters allege NGT order was leaked; Vedanta’s PR firm denies

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2018 12:08 AM IST
Leaders in the crusade against the copper smelter plant have lodged a complaint with the cybercrime wing of the Delhi Police, alleging that the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order was leaked to a PR firm of Vedanta group ahead of the order being pronounced.
Police personnel keep vigil outside CBI headquarters in New Delhi.(Sanjeev Verma/HT file photo)
Police personnel keep vigil outside CBI headquarters in New Delhi.(Sanjeev Verma/HT file photo)

Anti-Sterlite protests: CBI books unnamed TN cops, officials for conspiracy, dacoity

UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2018 11:36 PM IST
As many as 13 people were killed in the firing on residents protesting against the proposed expansion of a Sterlite copper plant over pollution concerns.
A BJP leader got into a verbal duel with the student and lodged a complaint with the police.(Satish Bate/HT File Photo)
A BJP leader got into a verbal duel with the student and lodged a complaint with the police.(Satish Bate/HT File Photo)

Woman held for shouting slogans against Centre in Tamil Nadu-bound flight

Thoothukudi | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2018 10:35 PM IST
Leaders of various political parties criticised the police’s “high handedness” and demanded the woman’s immediate release.
Police personnel baton charge at a protestor demanding the closure of Sterlite Copper unit, in Tuticorin.(PTI Photo)
Police personnel baton charge at a protestor demanding the closure of Sterlite Copper unit, in Tuticorin.(PTI Photo)

Madras HC orders CBI inquiry into police firing on anti-Sterlite protest

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2018 08:39 PM IST
Thirteen people were killed in police firing in May when violence broke out during protest by locals demanding closure of the Sterlite copper plant.
According to the Thoothukudi district collector, the Tamil Nadu government had taken a policy decision in closing the Sterlite copper smelter plant.(Reuters File Photo)
According to the Thoothukudi district collector, the Tamil Nadu government had taken a policy decision in closing the Sterlite copper smelter plant.(Reuters File Photo)

Sterlite copper plant in Thoothukudi will not be reopened, says district collector

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2018 08:11 PM IST
The plant was closed in May after 13 people were killed in police firing during protests against the plant on allegations of causing health and environmental issues.
A general view shows Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant, a unit of Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.(Reuters File Photo)
A general view shows Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant, a unit of Vedanta Resources, in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.(Reuters File Photo)

NGT notice to Tamil Nadu, state pollution board over Vedanta’s plea on closing Thoothukudi plant

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUL 05, 2018 07:08 PM IST
The Tamil Nadu government had on May 28 ordered the state pollution control board to seal and “permanently” close the mining group’s copper plant in Thoothukudi following violent protests over pollution concerns.
Police stand guard outside a copper smelter controlled by Vedanta Resources in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.(Reuters File Photo)
Police stand guard outside a copper smelter controlled by Vedanta Resources in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.(Reuters File Photo)

Working to evacuate acid spill at Thoothukudi plant in Tamil Nadu: Vedanta

New Delhi | By PTI
PUBLISHED ON JUN 25, 2018 03:48 PM IST
Vedanta said it has no access to the premises after closure of the Sterlite copper smelter plant following a state government order on May 28.
A general view shows Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu.(Reuters File Photo)
A general view shows Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu.(Reuters File Photo)

Advocate accused of instigating anti-Sterlite protests in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi arrested

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By C S Kotteswaran
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2018 09:15 PM IST
Thoothukudi police arrested advocate S Vanchinathan, the legal advisor for People’s Right Protection Centre, which actively participated in the Thoothukudi protests.
Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami recently admitted in the assembly that Tamil Nadu had witnessed the maximum number of protests in the country, which is unusual for a state considered to be industry-friendly.(PTI/File Photo)
Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami recently admitted in the assembly that Tamil Nadu had witnessed the maximum number of protests in the country, which is unusual for a state considered to be industry-friendly.(PTI/File Photo)

Tamil Nadu industry worried over row of protests

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By CS Kotteswaran
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2018 11:36 PM IST
After the protests in Thoothukudi against a copper smelter plant belonging to Sterlite Industries claimed 13 lives in police firing, now the agitation against the Salem-Chennai Green Corridor is picking up pace.
File photo of Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant in Tuticorin.(REUTERS)
File photo of Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant in Tuticorin.(REUTERS)

Acid leak in Sterlite plant creates tension in Thoothukudi, govt says its ‘minor’

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By C S Kotteswaran
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2018 08:49 PM IST
There were reports that close to 50,000 litres of sulphuric acid had leaked in Sterlite’s copper factory in Thoothukudi.
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