Tension simmers in Thoothukudi after protests against the Sterlite plant turned violent on Tuesday. According to local reports, at least 9 people including a woman have been killed and over a dozen injured following clashes between police and demonstrators.
Speaking to the media, Fisheries Minister Jayakumar said, “Tamil Nadu is a garden of peace. No matter who initiates it, violence is unacceptable. The district administration and police are taking measures to bring things under control. The matter regarding alleged violations by Sterlite is already in court. We have to investigate who started violence and why there was gunfire. There is no clear data yet on how many people have died or been injured.”
Claiming that the police firing was unavoidable, Jayakumar said that the mob was approaching the Collector’s office.