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  • 10:28 PM IST

    Sterlite Protest Live Updates: According to Sandeep Nanduri, day-old district collector of Thoothukudi, 13 people have been killed and 102 were wounded over the past three days. Apart from this, 34 policemen have also been wounded.

  • 1:44 PM IST

    Sterlite Protest Live Updates: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad holds the state government responsible for the Thoothukudi situation getting out of hand. “The state government knew that this being the 100th day of agitation, it’s going to be bigger. They should’ve made better arrangements to maintain law & order but nothing was done. They simply resorted to firing. It was a massacre, almost like Jallianwala Bagh,” he says.

  • 1:19 PM IST

    Sterlite Protest Live Updates: Justifying the police action, CM Palaniswami says, “If someone is attacked, the natural course would be to defend & safeguard themselves. This is what has been done by the police in response.”

  • 1:18 PM IST

    Sterlite Protest Live Updates: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami says, “The entire episode which happened was primarily because of certain political parties, NGOs & anti-social elements, who took protestors to a wrong path.”

  • 1:16 PM IST

    Sterlite Protest Live Updates: Home Minister Rajnath Singh says he is deeply pained by the loss of lives during protests in Tuticorin. “The PM is also concerned about the situation & is pained by the loss of lives. MHA has taken cognisance of the situation & asked for a report from the state government. Our thoughts are with the people of Tuticorin,” he says.

  • 1:02 PM IST

    Sterlite Protest Live Updates: Reacting to the issue, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted: “No logic of development can justify this. The environment is crying, Ganga is drying, Yamuna is dying. Forests are depleting. Animals are straying. What are we getting in return…erratic climate; weather extremes and suffocating pollution.”

  • 12:31 PM IST

    Sterlite Protest Live Updates: “My first priority is to bring back normalcy. As far as the violence, the shooting and who gave the orders for the shooting is concerned, an inquiry will be done by a judge appointed by the Tamil Nadu government,” says Thoothukudi District Collector Sandeep Nanduri.

  • 12:25 PM IST
    Sterlite Protest Live Updates: A clash between DMK workers & police outside Tamil Nadu secretariat, while the former were protesting. The workers were blocking the vehicle in which MK Stalin & other party leaders were being taken by the police.
  • 12:10 PM IST
    Sterlite Protest Live Updates: Stalin, who was holding a protest outside Tamil Nadu secretariat, has been detained by the police. Several others leaders detained along with him.
  • 11:56 AM IST

    Sterlite Protest Live Updates: DMK working president MK Stalin sits on dharna with other party leaders outside Tamil Nadu secretariat.

New Delhi, May 24: Tension has escalated in Thoothukudi with the internet services suspended for five days beginning Wednesday 9 PM, said ANI.  Reports suggest that internet services have been suspended in Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari as well. The measure has been taken to check the spread of false information in view of the escalated violence in the anti-Sterlite protests over the past couple of days. As many as  13 people have lost their lives in the firing by police, reported ANI. While no fresh incidents of violence have been reported, 67 people have been arrested so far for indulging in violence. The DMK has announced a state-wide bandh on Friday in protest against the deaths in police firing. Over 70 people were injured as well. DMK chief MK Stalin visited the hospital to meet the injured people. Also Read - Coronavirus in India: Amid Janata Curfew, Death Toll Reaches 6, Bihar Man Youngest Victim

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has ordered a probe into the violence and the subsequent police firing in Tuticorin. Aruna Jagadeesan would be heading the inquiry. The Collector and SP of Thoothukudi have also been transferred for failing to check the protest and the deaths which followed police’s firing in a retaliatory action. Also Read - Coronavirus: Cinema Halls in Jammu to be Closed Till March 31, Total Positive Cases Rise to 60 Across India

Anti-Sterlite protests took an ugly turn on Tuesday when the protesters weren’t allowed anywhere near the unit. Angry protesters pelted stones and there were reports of some vehicles being torched at the Collector’s residence. A video clip showing a policeman in plainclothes atop a vehicle aiming at protesters. Voices in the background could be heard asking him to ensure that at least one protester went down. Opposition in the state has been provided enough fodder by the seeming laxity of the state government in checking the violence as also protester deaths. While the NHRC has issued notices to the state chief secretary and the DGP, asking them to submit their report in a fortnight, the Home Ministry has also asked the state government to file its reply. Also Read - Coronavirus: Death Toll in China Jumps to 1,631, Beijing to Punish Those Who Refuse Quarantine Rules