The Madurai branch of Madras high court on Friday asked the Tamil Nadu government to explain the circumstances that forced the police to open fire on May 22, resulting in the death of 13 people during a protest in Thoothukudi, against Sterlite Industries.
The court wanted to know “who gave the shooting order” and “whether the standard operating procedures were followed at the time of firing”.
The bench, which directed the state to file its counter by June 6, also questioned the authorities on “why CCTV cameras installed inside the district collectorate were not functioning”.
The bench, comprising Justices Muralidharan and Krishnavalli, was hearing two petitions filed by Thoothukudi residents. It also directed the state police to not arrest members of the public who participated in the protests without any prima facie evidence. Read More