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Anti-Sterlite protests: Madras HC seeks video recordings, documents related to Tuticorin firing incident that killed 13

Madurai: The Madras High Court has asked the Tamil Nadu government to submit video recordings, documents and reports pertaining to protests against the Sterlite Copper smelter plant in Tuticorin, which saw violence and firing in the town on the 100th day of the stir.

Thirteen people were killed in police firing on 22 and 23 May when violence broke out during the protest by locals, demanding closure of the Sterlite plant (a unit of Vedanta Limited) over pollution issues.

A division bench comprising justices CT Selvam and AM Basheer Ahmed also sought details of the intelligence report on the agitation, and directed the state government to submit the same on 18 July.

 Anti-Sterlite protests: Madras HC seeks video recordings, documents related to Tuticorin firing incident that killed 13

File image of protests in Tuticorin which killed 13 people. PTI

The judges on Wednesday were hearing a PIL filed by AWD Tilak, a Tuticorin-based advocate, who sought a copy of the order issued to invoke Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) that was clamped in parts of the town during the anti-Sterlite agitation.

The petitioner submitted that prohibitory orders had been clamped in the jurisdiction of SIPCOT and Tuticorin South Police Station limits only.

The protest was peaceful for 99 days, he submitted.

The petitioner also questioned why some people attached to certain outfits were not invited to the peace committee meeting.

The district collector was not in town during the crisis, he claimed.

Multiple cases had been filed against individuals, the petitioner alleged.

The government counsel submitted that policemen were also affected and an equal number of policemen were injured.

The court heard all the related petitions including PIL and HCP seeking to restrain the police from invoking National Security Act etc.

The Madras High Court had on 9 July directed the state government to furnish a video in its possession allegedly showing some anti-Sterlite protesters with petrol bombs during the stir in May as it observed a CBI probe into the violent incidents will instil confidence in the minds of the people. The state government had issued an order for "permanent closure" of the operation of Sterlite plant and the company has recently moved the National Green Tribunal challenging it.

Updated Date: Jul 12, 2018 13:06:26 IST