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Protesters seeking closure of copper smelting unit clash with cops in Thoothukudi
Chennai: At least 11 people were killed and more than 50 injured in police firing as the three months-long protest against Vedanta’s Sterlite copper unit in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district turned violent on Tuesday.
To mark the 100th day of the protests, a march towards the district collector’s office was organized to demand the shutdown of Sterlite Industries Ltd’s plant.
In view of the law and order challenge, district collector N. Venkatesh issued Section 144 in the area. He had allowed the protesters to demonstrate at a ground near the Thoothukudi old bus stand.
It is a measure of the divisions that the Bharatiya Janata Part has engendered that a letter of instruction from the Archbishop of the Delhi Diocese to its churches to pray for the nation is being construed as an attack on the Narendra Modi-led government.
The Telegraph India
The index may have recorded a decline in press freedoms all over the world, but the relative suffering of journalists in other countries does not make the plight of the Indian media any easier. It is bad enough that journalists under totalitarian regimes either have to self-censor or risk persecution and death ...