In this backdrop, the villagers who are worried about their health and other issues started agitating and they have gone to Collectorate to agitate. Here the police people have taken a high handed step and made 11 people die. I feel the total incident is the failure of law and order system in the place and the police are responsible for the death of these people. They might have used tear gas to disperse the people from the spot. This is a very offensive step taken by the police.
There is a huge nexus among the Politicians and the most corrupted industrialists. After being kicked out of so many States, Sterlite was set up near Tuticorin, and a huge amount changed hands with the Queen of corruption Jayalalitha, doing what she had always done -- some favor for money.
This plant has always had a hugely controversial record. The safety standards have always been lax, and whatever happens in terms of pollution, is something that has been widely reported in the press. There have been very harmful effects on health, and the company has always denied it.
Now that the opposition is so huge, the State Government should shut down this plant for ever. Or, with the help of an international safety agency, get the company and its operations, totally audited for safety standards and its effect on the environment. The Central Government should also step in, and close the unit till it is declared totally safe.
The issue was allowed to escalate to this level, only because of the useless Chief Minister and his atrocious Ministers, who are mostly illiterate morons. God save the State from this sort of atrocities.
Non-violence is the greatest Dharma; So too is all righteous violence.
I have many doubts in my mind and feel that there are more things than what meets the eye and fed to the ears. The visuals did not show it as a proper protest with a leader or leadership. The visuals of shooting also makes us perplexed.
Hope the judicial enquiry ordered now may bring out the truth and facts.
It is always innocent families which have to bear the brunt ultimately either way.I feel sad in the loss of lives and my condolences to the bereaved family. Hope all concerned will take care to prevent such loss of lives at least in future.
Google relationship with Vedanta and ruling political party and you will get to know who is behind this mass murder. I don't know the hidden secret behind the BJP people from TN to Delhi are very busy to portray police are innocent and give clean chit to Vedanta.
Then it was commenced in Tamilnadu 1994, it violated the Governement rules of constructing the plant. As per the rule, the plant has to be constructed 25 kms away from Gulf of Mannar, but it was constructed in 14 kms from Gulf of Mannar. TNPCB issued the license with a warning, that the license would be revoked, if the operations of the factory contaminated the ground water. The license could be cancelled for its location itself, instead the TNPCB was giving warning.
ON May 1997, people around the factory location felt suffocation and many fainted because of a gas leak in Sterlite factory. From then, many cases were filed against Sterlite and High court ordered to shut the factory for many times. But all the time, the company was shut only for few days.
When the law was broken, people also lost their hopes and got down to roads to stand up for their lives. 99 days, they were on roads and on 100th day, they started walking to Collector office. People whoever involved in protest were doing everything legally for many years. 100th day was not an exception to their way of protest. Even if they were violent, none was killed by those 20,000 people. Then how come policemen can be given such right to take off the lives of people who do protest for their lives?
Madam, as citizens of India, we all need to protest against this illegal company, that has managed to bribe all politicians and the TPCB officials. Now,after so much of protest, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board says it will not allow the plant to operate, with water and electricity cut off.
Sill this continue, or is this a sheer political stunt, merely to cool down tempers and then open the plant once again, is something that is being talked about in Tamil Nadu. However, there is a danger that some ten lakh people will gather at Tuticorin, if the plant is allowed to operate.
Protests have now happened in Bangalore and in London. So, this is becoming an international issue.
Though the details are out in social media, I listed them out here, because, Partha sir mentioned, " people could have filed PIL, but they did not do so". Seeing that I was shocked that people who are used to Internet and social media also not completely aware of "Ban Sterlite protest" and how long people are protesting for their basic pollution free life.
Also, I simply hate the debate on who is to blame protesters or police? People should actually question, why Government let the protest for 100 days? It was not a strike for increase in salary. 25,000 people protest for their lives. So, how soon the Government officials should have responded to their appeal.
As they said, people could have became violent too, but death penalty by the Police could never been a reaction.
Now, the opposite will happen. If the plant is allowed to operate, even after Court intervention, it is very likely that some five lakh people will barge into the plant, creating a very huge problem of law and order. There is now some news leaking out that one former chief of police, known for his encounter records, was camping at Tutircorin. He might have done it, that is, taking the decision of shooting on the innocent protesters, it is now in the news. We do not know for sure, but anything could have happened.
It is the absolute truth that every single political party of Tamil Nadu, the Congress and the BJP, have all been bribed by the crook called Anil Aggrawal. So, the delicacy of the situation is there for all to see.
What the Government should have done is be aware that the peaceful protests can be flammed by vested interests and disaster can strike anytime. The administration should have been better prepared. The blame would be on the administration and the Government.