Tamil Nadu Appoints Former Judge To Head Inquiry On Tuticorin Violence

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District Collector N. Venkatesh said the prohibitory orders were extended in Vembar, Kulathur, Arumugamangalam, Vedanatham, Ottapidaram and Eppodum Vendran in Thoothukudi district.

At least nine people were killed on Tuesday, when police fired at violent protesters calling for the closure of the Thootukudi copper smelter, which is run by its Indian subsidiary Vedanta Ltd's Sterlite Copper unit. ANI said more than 65 people were injured in the clashes.

Security personnel used batons and burst teargas shells to break up the protest.

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Police near the site of protest in Tuticorin.

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan will visit Thoothukudi on Wednesday before heading to Bengaluru for the swearing-in of the new Karnataka government.

DMK's de-facto chief MK Stalin said the AIADMK government should be held responsible for the deaths of 11 anti-Sterlite protesters yesterday.

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On Tuesday, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami said the police had to resort to firing to control the situation because the protestors indulged in violence. Tamil Nadu, is a brutal example of state-sponsored terrorism. "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these martyrs and the injured", he tweeted. The inquiry will be conducted by a retired judge.

"Every chota (small) chap now is making big noise-organising road blocks, damaging public property, paralyzing administration, packing away the IPL with snakes, et cetera, et cetera-and yet the police intelligence does not appear to be alert to its responsibilities of bringing to the notice of the government the potential trouble spots before the amber turns red". But people of Tamil Nadu will not allow RSS to prevail over them.

The protests were going on in Tuticorin for over three months, but violence erupted yesterday with agitators fighting pitched battles with police, prompting it to open fire.

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