More than two weeks after 13 people were killed in police firing during anti-Sterlite protests here, two deputy tahsildars who allegedly gave the order to the force to open fire, have been transferred.
Deputy tahsildars Kannan and Sekar were transferred to Kayathaaru and Srivaikuntam respectively by District Collector Sandeep Nandoor, according to an official order.
Thirteen people were killed in the police firing on May 22 and 23 after protests for closure of the plant over pollution concerns turned violent in Tuticorin.
The State Human Rights Commission also has initiated an inquiry into the matter.
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 issue continued to rock the assembly during the following days with the ruling AIADMK claiming that the main opposition party DMK had allotted land for expansion of the copper plant in Tuticorin district when it was in power during 2006-11.
The State Human Rights Commission also has initiated an inquiry into the issue.
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