Thoothukudi firing: Stalin to act against cops?

Chennai: Retired Madras High Court Judge Aruna Jagadeesan, who is heading the Commission of Inquiry formed to probe the May 2018 firing at Tuticorin on anti-sterlite protestors, on Friday submitted her interim report to the Tamilnadu government.

Aruna Jagadeesan submitted the report to Chief Minister M K Stalin in the presence of Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu at the State Secretariat here.

The Commission of Inquiry was appointed by the then AIADMK regime to probe the firing incident in which 13 people were killed when the protests against the Vedanta Group’s Sterlite
Copper smelter plant turned violent, after which the plant was shut.

The terms of reference of the Commission of Inquiry is to inquire into the causes and circumstances leading to the firing and damage to public and private properties.

The panel will determine whether appropriate force was used as warranted by the circumstances and whether all prescribed procedures were followed before firing, besides ascertain whether there was any excess on the part of police officers and if so, to suggest action to be taken.

The panel was also to recommend suitable measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future.

 

NT Bureau