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Sterlite firing: 2 deputy tahsildars transferred

Press Trust of India 

More than two weeks after 13 persons were killed in police firing during anti-Sterlite protests here, two deputy tahsildars who allegedly gave the order to the force to do it have been transferred.

Deputy and Sekar were transferred to Kayathaaru and Srivaikuntam respectively by District Collector Sandeep Nandoor, an official order said.

Thirteen people were killed in police firing on May 22 and 23 after protests for closure of the plant over pollution concerns turned violent in

The government had last month appointed a one-person headed by a retired of the to probe the violence in

The also has initiated an inquiry into the issue.

On May 28, the government ordered the state Pollution Control Board to seal and "permanently" close the Vedanta group's copper plant, following the violent protests.

The following K Palaniswami maintained in the assembly that police action was "unavoidable" and asserted that action would be taken if anyone had wrongly handled the situation.

The issue continued to rock the assembly in the following days with the ruling AIADMK claiming that the main opposition party had allotted land for expansion of the copper plant in district when it was in power during 2006-11.

The had listed out efforts by his government for permanent closure of the unit, including the 2013 action taken by J Jayalalithaa as then of

He had also accused working MK of allotting 230 acres for Sterlite expansion when he was holding the industries portfolio as earlier.

The also has initiated an inquiry into the issue.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 23:20 IST
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