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Sterlite protest: Supreme Court to hear petition on Thoothukudi police firing on Monday

By Deepika

Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear a plea seeking criminal prosecution of senior police officials for resorting to firing in Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu in which 13 people were killed.

Sterlite protest: Supreme Court to hear petition on Thoothukudi police firing on Monday

Taking cognisance of a petition filed by advocate GS Mani, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the petitioner to mention the matter again on Monday.

The top court said it can't hear the matter today. Mani has sought a court-monitored CBI probe into the Thoothukudi police firing, reports ANI.

The PIL filed by Advocate GS Mani prays for a case of murder under Section 302 IPC to be registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against all concerned officers of the Tamil Nadu Police, specifically the Superintendent of Police of Thoothukudi District and the District Collector. The petition has called this unfortunate incident a "fake encounter or illegal police fire".

The plea has sought registration of an FIR for the offence of murder against Tuticorin collector, Superintendent of Police and other police officials.

The petition termed as inadequate the compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the families of those killed during the protest. It sought compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the families of those who were killed in the firing, and Rs 25 lakh to those who were seriously injured.

It further sought that internet services in the districts of Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu be restored.

Seeking a court-monitored CBI probe, the plea said state police would not be able to conduct a free and fair investigation into the incident due to the involvement of senior police officials.

In Tuticorin, 13 people were killed when police fired at thousands of protesters demanding closure of the Vedanta Group-run Sterlite Industries for polluting the area and leading to severe health problems for area residents, besides depleting groundwater table.

Hundreds were injured while demanding the closure of the Sterlite Copper smelter plant.

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