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At least nine people were killed when the police opened fire to control the violent protesters at port city of Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu. Hundreds of people have been protesting against the Sterlite Copper Smelter located near the town for last 100 days. They blame that the plant is causing high level of pollution in the nearby area. On Tuesday, they defied the prohibitory order under Section 144 of the CrPC and stormed the district collectorate. They set several vehicles on fire and pelted the police with stones. Initially, the police baton-charged them, but it couldn’t control the berserk crowed. Finally, the police resorted to firing, which left nine people dead on the spot. The visuals, which were telecasted on several local TV news channels, showed that the police were trying to disperse the crowd with tear gas and a policeman was firing shots from the top of a van. Human rights activists and opposition leaders condemned the police action and said that the indiscriminate firing on unarmed protesters is “state-sponsored terrorism.” Congress President tweeted, "The gunning down by the police of nine people in … Tamil Nadu, is a brutal example of state-sponsored terrorism. These citizens were murdered for protesting against injustice. My thoughts & prayers are with the families of these martyrs and the injured." DMK leader MK Stalin criticised the state government for its inaction against the Sterlite plant. "The inaction of the government has led to the people’s protests, and police resorting to firing to control it. Action should be taken to shut down the plant immediately to address this issue," he said in a Facebook post. (AFP)

At least nine people were killed when the police opened fire to control the violent protesters at port city of Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu. Hundreds of people have been protesting against the Sterlite Copper Smelter located near the town for last 100 days. They blame that the plant is causing high level of pollution in the nearby area. On Tuesday, they defied the prohibitory order under Section 144 of the CrPC and stormed the district collectorate. They set several vehicles on fire and pelted the police with stones. Initially, the police baton-charged them, but it couldn’t control the berserk crowed. Finally, the police resorted to firing, which left nine people dead on the spot. The visuals, which were telecasted on several local TV news channels, showed that the police were trying to disperse the crowd with tear gas and a policeman was firing shots from the top of a van. Human rights activists and opposition leaders condemned the police action and said that the indiscriminate firing on unarmed protesters is “state-sponsored terrorism.” Congress President tweeted, "The gunning down by the police of nine people in … Tamil Nadu, is a brutal example of state-sponsored terrorism. These citizens were murdered for protesting against injustice. My thoughts & prayers are with the families of these martyrs and the injured." DMK leader MK Stalin criticised the state government for its inaction against the Sterlite plant. "The inaction of the government has led to the people’s protests, and police resorting to firing to control it. Action should be taken to shut down the plant immediately to address this issue," he said in a Facebook post. (AFP)