Thoothukudi, May 23: In fresh police firing here, one person was reported dead and three injured in Anna Nagar on Wednesday. ANI reported that police had to be deployed outside the General Hospital as well after protesters torched a bus there. Earlier in the day, the Madras High Court stayed further production of copper smelter in the Sterlite unit in view of the protests. The NHRC has also issued notices to the state government and so has the Union Home Ministry.

Media had reported that the police were armed with Self Loading Rifles, commonly called assault rifles. There was a video clip released by ANI that showed a policeman atop a vehicle aiming at the crowd even as voices can be heard asking him to aim properly and ensure that at least one person died. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the kin of those killed, Rs 3 lakh for those severely injured and Rs 1 lakh for those sustaining minor injuries.

Meanwhile, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said the protesters were killed for rejecting Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) ideologies. “Tamilians have been massacred because they refused to accept Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS’s) ideologies. The RSS and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been opposed by Tamil Nadu. Also, people of Tamil Nadu cannot be suppressed,” he tweeted in Tamil.