Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi remained tense on Thursday as one more person was killed in police firing on Wednesday. This was a day after 11 people were killed in police firing when they were protesting against Sterlite Copper that is run by Vedanta.
Deccan Herald reported that the police opened fire in the Anna Nagar area of Thoothukudi with video footage showing the 22-year-old victim, Kaliappan, falling to the ground before being dragged to the hospital.
And as the police action in the town and the government's reaction received criticism from all quarters, a video has emerged that shows the police prodding Kaliappan, who was lying on the ground, with a stick and telling him 'stop acting, leave.'
The video was put out by NewsMinute:
Kaliappan was later declared dead. This act of inhumanity isn't the first. Another video circulating on Wednesday showed the police saying 'at least one person should die' when they opened fire on protestors on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, protests were held across the city and near the hospital where the wounded were admitted. Reports say that the relatives of those killed in the initial firing refused to accept the bodies.
Another report in the Deccan Herald said that the death toll in the police firing rose to 13 with one more person dying of gunshot wounds after sustaining injuries fromTuesday's firing.
ANI reported that internet services had been suspended in the town for 5 days. But even as the police continued its atrocities, they arrested 67 people for 'violent protests'.
Tamil Nadu: Internet services to remain suspended for 5 days in #Thoothukudi. The services were suspended from 9 pm yesterday. Till now, 67 people have been arrested for indulging in violence. #SterliteProtests pic.twitter.com/hVfk1zZBVk— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2018
DMK, the main opposition in Tamil Nadu, has planned a protest across the state on May 25. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad called the incidents the Jallian Walah Bagh of Tamil Nadu:
State govt knew that this being 100th day of agitation, it's going to be bigger. They should've made better arrangements to maintain law & order but nothing was done. They simply resorted to firing. It was a massacre, almost like Jallianwala Bagh: Ghulam Nabi Azad #Thoothukudi pic.twitter.com/QtOkxbMFtx— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2018
Meanwhile the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has asked the collector of Thoothukudi to shut down electricity supply to the plan, said reports.