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Sterlite protest: Aruna Jagadeesan to meet injured in Thoothukudi police firing

By Deepika

Retired High Court Judge Aruna Jagadeesan, who has been appointed by the Tamil Nadu government to probe the violence and consequent police firing during the anti-sterlite protest in Thoothukudi, said that she will meet the injured in the hospital.

Aruna Jagadeesan

Speaking to reporters, Aruna Jagadeesan saith "I'm going to hospital to meet the injured. Their statements will be taken and those who can't come to Court to record their statements, we'll make arrangements for Court people to go to them to record their statements."

"The people from media who have the unedited video of whatever happened there (Thoothukudi) have a week's time to submit it to the officials, she added.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court refused to grant an urgent hearing into a plea, filed by the families of those killed in the police firing during the protest.

Without specifying a date for the next hearing, the apex court said it would be heard after the vacations.

The state government constituted Commission of Inquiry under retired Madras High Court judge Aruna Jagadeesan also requested the public to give it information about the violence and firing, either in person or through letters before June 22.

An official release from the government said that the inquiry will cover the 'law and order incidents following the siege of district collectorate by thousands of protestors who violated prohibitory orders'. However, the release does not mention a deadline for the commission to submit its report.

On May 29, the Tamil Nadu government had cancelled the land allotment for expansion of Vedanta group's copper plant here and also ordered the state Pollution control board to seal and permanently close the existing unit.

Fifteen people were killed in police firing on May 22 and 23 after protests for closure of the plant over pollution concerns turned violent in Tuticorin.

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