Smoke billows out of burning vehicles after a violent protest demanding closure of Vedantas Sterlite Copper unit entered the 100th day, in Tuticorin. (Image: PTI)

Gunning Down Of Protesters In Tamil Nadu Is State Sponsored Terrorism, Says Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today termed the deaths of nine people in police firing during protests against the Sterlite copper plant in Tamil Nadu a “brutal example of state sponsored terrorism”.

“These citizens were murdered for protesting against injustice. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these martyrs and the injured,” Gandhi said on Twitter.

Police personnel tackles the agitators demanding the closure of Vedantas Sterlite Copper unit as the protest enters the 100th day, in Tuticorin. (Source: PTI)
Police personnel tackles the agitators demanding the closure of Vedantas Sterlite Copper unit as the protest enters the 100th day, in Tuticorin. (Source: PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said nine people were killed in police action at Tuticorin and ordered a judicial inquiry into the police action.

The police action followed months-long protests for the closure of Vedanta's Sterlite copper unit in Tuticorin, about 600 km from Tamil Nadu capital Chennai, over pollution concerns. The agitation turned violent today, with protesters fighting pitched battles with police, prompting it to open fire.

Hurling stones and setting government vehicles and public property on fire, the agitators went on the rampage in the town.

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