New Delhi, May 27: The internet facility will be restored from tonight in Thoothukudi, a news agency ANI reported on Sunday. Talking to ANI, Director General of Police (DGP), TK Rajendran, said, “People can avail services without any problem. We are also withdrawing some officers from some areas, but we are keeping adequate forces on the ground. I request the people to co-operate. The city is on the boil after 13 people were killed in the police firing. Also Read - BJP Workers Offer 70-kg 'Laddu' at Coimbatore Temple Ahead of PM Modi's 70th Birthday
On Tuesday, nine people, including a girl, died in police firing after the ongoing anti-Sterlite protests turned violent with hundreds of people from nearby areas allegedly attacking the district collectorate demanding the closure of the Vedanta Group-run company. People in Toothukudi are demanding the closure of Sterlite copper smelting plant alleging that it was polluting the area, and leading to severe health problems among the residents of the locality, besides depleting the water table. Social activists have also joined the protests against the company. Also Read - Sasikala's Probable Date of Release is Jan 27, 2021: Bangalore Central Prison
Public transport was also suspended from Thoothukudi to other parts of Tamil Nadu. Police and paramilitary personnel were deployed all over the town in large numbers. Internet services were suspended to avoid further violence in the city. (ALSO READ:Anti-Sterlite Protest: Tamil Nadu Government Submits Report to HM)
Meanwhile, the Madras High Court had put a stay order on the construction of Vedanta Ltd’s Copper Smelter Plant 2 at Tuticorin, some 650 km from Chennai. The Madurai bench of the High Court gave this direction on a PIL against the expansion of the company’s plant. The court had also issued a notice to the CBI on a PIL seeking a probe by the agency into the police firing in Tuticorin in which 13 people lost their lives. Reportedly, both Thoothukudi SP and collector was transferred after the incident.
The petitioner had alleged that it was prima facie clear that police personnel was directly involved in the killings.
Many political leaders including DMK leader M.K. Stalin, actor turned politician Kamal Hassan had condemned the police action. Nearly 100 people were injured in the violence on Tuesday, including 36 policemen. Normal life in the town was virtually crippled, with shops and commercial establishments not opening for business. Educational institutions remained closed.