What has happened?
Ten persons, including a 17-year-old girl, were killed in police firing during a massive rally taken out demanding the closure of Sterlite Copper, a Vedanta group copper smelter unit, in the port town of Thoothukudi in south Tamil Nadu.
Around 60 persons, including police personnel, suffered injuries in throwing of stones and they were admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital in Thoothukudi. Sources in the hospital said the condition of two more gunfire victims was critical.
What is the rally for?
The rally, in which thousands of local people participated under the banner of ‘Anti Sterlite Movement’, turned violent in the morning with sections of protesters setting fire to vehicles, including those belonging to the police.
Tuesday marked the 100th day of the latest round of protests against the company, which has been accused of being responsible for air and water pollution leading to health hazards.
(Adapted from The Hindu)