Chennai, May 23 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday ordered a probe by former Madras High Court judge Aruna Jagadeesan into the violence that killed 10 people in Thoothukudi during protests against the Sterlite Copper Smelting plant.
Chief Minister K. Palaniswami announced the probe after reviewing the situation in the town, according to an official statement. No time frame was set for the probe commission to submit its report.
Widespread violence rocked the coastal town on Tuesday after protesters, violating prohibitory orders, took a rally and went on rampage, torching police and other vehicles.
At least nine people were killed in police firing instantly and an injured 10th person died in a hospital late on Tuesday.
Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and senior Ministers of the AIADMK government reviewed the situation with senior police and civil officials, including police chief T.K. Rajendran at the State Secretariat.