Thoothukudi: Judge seeks info from public

By NT Bureau Published on Jun 02, 2018 03:08 PM IST

Chennai: Commencing its probe to find out what led to the violence and the subsequent firing on the 100th day of the anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi, the inquiry commission headed by retired Justice Aruna Jagadheesan today asked the public to provide information of what they know about the incident.

The development has come on a day when State Human Rights Commission (SHRC)  commenced its investigation at Thoothukudi.

A public notice released on behalf of the commission has asked the public, either direct witnesses or who knew details about the cause of violence, to file complaints till 22 June.

The complaints can be given as affidavit at the Commission's office located at Greenways Road in Chennai. Explaining the agenda of the Commission, the notification said it will inquire into the reasons that led to the violence during the protest, deaths of people and the damages caused to properties.

'It will also be investigated to see if police force was used according to the situation and whether proceedures were followed before initiating the shoot out,' the notice said and added that the Commission will carry out a probe to find out if there was any violation by the police personnel.

The notice further said, the commission will also be submitting a report to ensure that such incidents do not repeat in the future.

Meanwhile, as part of the SHRC investigation, a two member team comprising of Jayachandran and Chitraranjan visited the Thoothukudi District Collector Office this morning.

Sources said, they took note of the damages in the collectorate, ATM machine and vehicles that were kept inside the premises. District Collector Sandeep Nandhuri accompanied the officials.

Sources further said, following this the officials visited the places that were burnt down inside the Sterlite quarters.

'They also interrogated with those injured in the violence and admitted to the hospital,' sources said and added that the officials will file a detailed report of damaged properties, number of people injured and if there as any violation of human rights.