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Rahul Gandhi attacks BJP-RSS over Tuticorin killing

Rahul Gandhi attacks BJP-RSS over Tuticorin killing

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 23 May 2018, 04:22 pm

Tuticorin, May 23 (IBNS): Politicising the death of 12 people in Tuticorin over the anti-Sterlite protest, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS), media reports said.

Rahul took to Twitter to say in Tamil that the Tamilians were killed as they did not accept the RSS ideology.

He further said people of Tamil Nadu can't be suppressed.

At least 12 people died as protests against Sterlite's industrial copper plant turned violent in Tamil Nadu's port city of Tuticorin on Monday, media reported.

Police said section 144 of CrPc has been clamped in and around the Sterlite unit to provide security to it as per the orders of the Madras High Court.

According to reports, the trouble broke out as local residents were demanding the closure of the plant, citing pollution and health issues and clashed with police, pelting stones after they were prevented from marching towards the plant.

The also set fire to two police jeeps and damaged more than 10 police vehicles.

The angry protestors also set set fire to the Collector's office premises and the quarters of Sterlite employees, reports said. 

As the mob refused to disperse, the cops used tear gas to disperse the protestors near Sterlite employees' residential quarters.

The protest intensified after the company announced the expansion of its unit in the city.

A heavy reinforcement of police force has been rushed to the area. Police said the situation has been brought under control.

Sterlite Copper, which currently operates a 400,000-tonne  per annum unit in the city, maintains that it has received necessary permits and has not violated any norms.


Image: twitter.com/RahulGandhi