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Public Condemns Police Firing On Sterlite Protesters As TN 'Jallianwalabagh'

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| May 23 , 2018 , 12:19 IST

Local residents and social activists in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorn increased the protests against the new smelter of Vedanta's Sterlite on Tuesday, and were met with police firing, which resulted in the death of 11 people, causing outrage across the nation on Wednesday.

Political parties and prominent politicians of Tamil Nadu, ranging from Opposition DMK, to Makkal Needhi Maiam's Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and Congress President Rahul Gandhi spoke out against the violence, condemning the role of the state government.

The DMK has called for an all-party protest on May 25 over the deaths of 11 people in police firing in during the Sterlite protests, while local groups have called for a protest on Wednesday evening at the Tamil Nadu House in the national capital of Delhi.

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The protesters had been demanding the closing down of the new Sterlite Industries' copper smelter, alleging that it was damaging the ground water, resulting in health complications for the residents.

The police were allegedly attempting to disperse the crowd, but despite the presence of lathis, tear guns and water cannons, the police opened fire on the crowd and killed 11 people.

Public took to twitter to slam the police action of shooting multiple people, calling the Tuticorin incident as a Tamil Nadu 'Jallianwalabagh', since in the Jallianwalabagh shooting in Amrtisar the British police had opened fire on an unarmed crowd as well.

Although the Sterlite project received a stay order on Wednesday by the Madras High Court, the rage of the public over the death of 11 protesters continues.

View tweets below: