New Delhi, May 30: Actor-turned-politician Rajnikanth visited Thoothukudi on Wednesday and offered Rs 2 Lakh as compensation to the families of those killed in police firing during the anti-Sterlite protest earlier this month. ANI quoted him as saying, “I don’t want to comment more on it, but the government needs to be careful as the people are watching, it was a huge mistake and a big lesson. I announce Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of victims who died in the protest.”
Earlier, the Tamil Nadu government cancelled the land allotment for the expansion of Vedanta group’s copper plant “in larger public interest” and ordered a CB-CID probe into the violence that left 13 people dead. Chief Minister K Palaniswami told the state Assembly that the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd (SIPCOT) had issued the order cancelling the land allotment. The move followed the state government’s order to its Pollution Control Board to seal and ‘permanently’ close the Sterlite Copper plant following protests over pollution concerns. Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has sought a report from the government as to what led to deaths in the protest.
The probe was also transferred from police to the Crime Branch-CID police, a senior official told PTI. In a related development, state Governor Banwarilal Purohit visited the kin of some of those killed in the police firings on May 22 and 23 and also met the injured at a government hospital. (With PTI inputs)