Tuticorin Sterlite Protest Updates: Opposition Calls For Statewide Shutdown, DMK’s Kanimozhi Detained

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NEW DELHI: A report on the police firing and the situation prevailing in Tuticorin was sought on Thursday from the Tamil Nadu government by the centre as the death toll amid protests against Vedanta group’s Sterlite Copper plant rose to 13. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also appealed to the people of the Tuticorin to remain calm.
The protests demanding the closure of the copper plant over pollution concerns in Tuticorin have been going on for over three months, but violence first erupted on Tuesday with agitators fighting pitched battles with police, prompting it to open fire. As a mark of protest against the police firing on the protesters, the DMK and other opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have called for a dawn-to-dusk shutdown on Friday.
A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into deaths of protesters during the anti-Sterlite rally at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu.