Police firing: Madurai bench summons Thoothukudi Collector

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 31, 2018 01:39 PM IST

Chennai: “Is democracy in rule in Tamilnadu or is it the police?” asked the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court in a case related to Thoothukudi firing that led to the death of 13 people in May this year.

The case, regarding the arrest of one Hariraghavan under National Security Act, was being heard by the bench comprising Justices C T Selvam and A M Basheer Ahamed,

The Judges summoned the District Collector Sandeep Nanduri to respond on the matter.

On 22-23 May this year, the police opened firing on protestors who rallied asking for the closure of the Sterlite Copper unit in Thoothukudi, that led to the demise of 13 individuals.

Later, it was revealed by the police that perpetrators had entered among the protesting public leading to violence and shooting as a consequence.

The bench directed the CB-CID to submit the case diary related to the police firing and violence during the protests against Sterlite's copper plant.

The Judges gave the interim order during the hearing of a batch of petitions related the incident.

The Judges sought to know whether permission for opening fire was given orally or by a written order. They also wanted to know if information regarding ban orders enforced in the area was conveyed to the local people properly.