CHENNAI: Breaking his silence over the killing of several people in police firing in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami on Thursday accused rival political parties of “instigating” violence.
The chief minister said power supply to the plant was discontinued following a direction from the state’s pollution control board.
Palaniswami claimed some anti-social elements had infiltrated the anti-Sterlite plant protesters and unleashed violence.
Terming the incidents as “unfortunate,” he condoled the deaths and said all past agitations for the closure of the plant were peaceful.
“This time around, it (protest) turned violent. It was due to instigation by some political parties and owing to infiltration by anti-social elements,” Palaniswamy, who is under relentless attack from the opposition, said.
Recalling steps taken by the AIADMK government for the closure of the plant, Palaniswami said the “deliberate” violence was meant “to bring disrepute to the government and put it under pressure”.
He said the state government was making efforts for the closure of the plant since 2013, when late J Jayalalithaa was the chief minister.“As far as Amma’s government is concerned, we respect people’s feelings,” he said, adding, “all legal steps were under way to shut the Sterlite plant, and cases were pending before the Supreme Court and High Court.”