Thoothukudi: A year after Sterlite protest tragedy, city pays respect to victims
22, May 2019, 3:44 PM
Thoothukudi: May 22 marks the first anniversary of the police firing during the anti-Sterlite protest that killed 13 people.
On the first anniversary, scores of locals turned up at various locations in Thoothukudi to remember and pay respects to the victims. Security was beefed up in the district though there were no reports of any untoward incidents so far.
The victims were remembered by their near and dear ones and others who lit up candles before their portraits at events held in different parts of the district. On May 22, 2018, an anti-Sterlite protest turned violent with the agitators fighting battles with the police, prompting the latter to open fire.
The protesters were demanding the closure of Vedanta's Sterlite Copper unit in Tuticorin over pollution concerns.