Anti-Sterlite protests: On second day of violence, police firing kills one

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Despite the massive backlash against the use of force against protestors in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin on Tuesday, forces once again resorted to firing live rounds – killing one and injuring two on Wednesday afternoon.

Demanding closure of a copper plant of Sterlite Industries, a three-month-long protest reached the tipping point on Tuesday when a group of 5000 clashed with security forces. At least 11 people died in preventive firing – inviting nation-wide outrage. Nonetheless, similar measures were once again adopted by police personnel on Wednesday when another round of firing – this time in Thoothukudi’s Anna Nagar – resulted in one protestor being killed.

While it is not clear if the person killed was part of protests, ground reports suggest police did resort to firing yet again.

Meanwhile, a Madurai bench of Madras High Court issued a stay order on the construction of Sterlite’s copper smelter plant after locals urged it is causing massive pollution in the area.

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