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Fishermen say a few lawyers coerced them to join anti-Sterlite protest

They tell the media the May 22 stir that turned violent and in which 11 fisherfolk fell to police bullets, was not their of their making

Sterlite, Thoothukudi
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The Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu | Photo: PTI

BS Reporter Chennai
In a new twist in the Sterlite story, a group of fishermen from Thoothukudi on Friday submitted a petition to the Tuticorin Lawyers Association and Legal Cell. In the petition, they alleged that members of the Makkal Adhikaram association, led by advocates Vanjinathan and Hariraghavan, instigated members of their community, and coerced them into joining the protest at the Thoothukudi District Collectorate. 

During the past month, 11 people, mostly from the fishermen community, were killed when police opened fire at anti-Sterlite protestors, who were demanding the closure of Sterlite's Copper factory in Thoothukudi.

“We, the members of the fishermen community, decided protest

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First Published: Jun 29 2018 | 8:37 PM IST

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