Thoothukudi Sterlite Violence: Arrest Of Six Under NSA Points To Role Of Outsiders In ProtestsThe Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi. (LiveMint)

Tamil Nadu police have detained six persons under the National Security Act (NSA) for damaging vehicles and stone-throwing during the violence that broke out during the hundredth day protest demanding the closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi. Times of India has reported that the six among those arrested in connection with the violence that broke out on 22 May were detained under NSA on orders of Tamil Nadu Home Secretary Niranjan Mardi. The secretary had issued orders based on recommendations for the district collector and superintendent of police.

The six - Kaleel Rahman, his sons Mohammed Yunus and Mohammed Ashraf, Saravanan, Velmurugan and Kottaiyan - had allegedly torched vehicles and damaged properties at the district collectorate. All the six are not locals and had reportedly come to Thoothukudi to take part in the protest that turned violent on 22 May.

Thirteen people were killed when police opened fire to control the violent protesters, who attacked the collectorate and the quarters of the copper plant employees.

Kaleel and his sons are from Melapalayam, Kottaiyan from Usilampatti in Madurai district and Saravanan and Velumurugan from Kovilpatti town that is 60 km from Thoothukudi. The arrests of six gives credence to allegations that anti-socials and unruly elements had come to Thoothukudi to create trouble.

A first information reports lodged in connection with the case said that over 10,000 persons had gathered on the hundredth day of protest on 22 May and resorted to violence when police tried to stop them from going to the collectorate.

Also Read: Neduvasal: ‘Full-Time Protesters’ Use Social Media To Whip Up Fears Against Hydrocarbon Project

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement