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Sterlite protests: TN Govt appoints retired HC judge to probe Thoothukudi police firing

The inquiry will cover the "law and order incidents following the siege of the District Collectorate by thousands of persons violating prohibitory orders," an official release said.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, Chennai [ Updated: May 24, 2018 11:36 IST ]
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11 people were killed during protests against Sterlite Industries in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi. (File Photo/PTI)

A day after 11 people were killed in alleged police firing on people protesting against a polluting copper smelter of Sterlite Industries in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi (Tuticorin), the state government on Wednesday appointed a one-person Commission of Inquiry headed by a retired judge of the Madras High Court to probe the incident. 

The inquiry will cover the "law and order incidents following the siege of the District Collectorate by thousands of persons violating prohibitory orders," an official release said.

Also read: Sterlite protests - Latest updates

Appointing retired Judge Aruna Jagadeesan for the task, the government said she would submit her report to the government. However, the time-frame for submitting the report has not been specified. 

The violence during a protest, seeking permanent closure of Sterlite Copper plant over alleged pollution issues also saw several dozens of men and women sustaining injuries which includes police personnel as well. 

According to the Tuticorin police, eight men and two women were killed in the violence. 

Hurling stones and setting government vehicles and public property on fire, the agitators went on the rampage in the town, about 600 km from Tamil Nadu capital Chennai.

Watch: 11 killed in violent protests in Tamil Nadu

(With inputs from PTI)

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