Thoothukudi shootout: CPI (M) files case in High Court

Madurai: Marxist Communist Party's Tamilnadu wing has filed a petition before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday to order a CBI probe into the alleged killing of 13 protesters in the infamous Thoothukudi shootout on 22 May.

In the petition, the party's Madurai district secretary KS Arjunan has asked the Court to set aside Justice Aruna Jagadeesan Commission and transfer the investigation from CB-CID to CBI. He has claimed that the Commission of Inquiry had called people with direct acquaintance with the incident to depose before the commission. "It would not be feasible for victims to travel to Chennai to depose before the commission. The commission was not set up as per the provisions of the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952," he said.

On the impact of Sterlite Copper in the region, he said, "Public have expressed concerns over hazardous effluents let out by the plant. However, on 22 May, the protests took a violent turn after the Police started shooting at the protesters indiscriminately resulting in death of 13 including a minor girl. The CB-CID investigation is just an eyewash and sought transfer of the case to the CBI." Taking up the plea for hearing, a Division Bench of Justices CT Selvam and AM Basheer Ahamed adjourned the case.


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