The DMK president alleged that the probe into the anti-Sterlite protesters’ killings was making no headway as a result of BJP’s intervention
DMK president M.Ok. Stalin on Monday claimed that the AIADMK and the BJP have a “clandestine relationship” with Sterlite Copper [Vedanta] and subsequently had been instrumental within the police firing on 13 anti-Sterlite protesters in Thoothukudi in May 2018. He urged the voters to ship an “unforgettable and crushing defeat” to the AIADMK-BJP alliance within the upcoming Assembly polls.
Mr Stalin additionally urged the folks of Thoothukudi district to render justice to the Sattankulam family that lost two of its members – dealer Jayaraj and his son Benicks – to police brutality.
Canvassing votes for the DMK-led alliance candidates fielded in six Assembly constituencies within the district, Mr. Stalin stated the anti-Sterlite protesters, who had been staging a peaceable agitation in opposition to the “destructive copper smelter” unit, took out a march in the direction of the Collectorate to submit a petition to the Collector on the one hundredth day of their agitation in search of everlasting closure of the copper manufacturing unit. The Collector, who ought to have been within the Collectorate to obtain the petition, moved to an inaccessible place even because the AIADMK’s State authorities and the BJP’s Central authorities “hunted down” the protesters like birds “as these parties had a secret relationship with Sterlite Copper,” he alleged.
“While the kin of these 13 victims were not given government employment commensurate with their educational qualification, the CBI, which is probing this gruesome incident, has not made any headway due to the BJP’s intervention. The Justice Aruna Jegadeesan Commission, formed by the State Government to probe the killing of the protesters in the police firing, has not submitted its report even after two-and-a-half years. This is because of the relationship the BJP and the AIADMK have with Sterlite Copper,” the DMK leader alleged. “Hence, the murderers should be taught a fitting lesson in the upcoming Assembly polls,” Mr. Stalin appealed.
Raising the case of the ugly killing of dealer Jayaraj and Benicks as a consequence of police brutality, the DMK chief alleged that the hair on the chest of Benicks had been plucked throughout police torture and the blood-soaked shirts and lungis of the daddy and the son had to get replaced as Jayaraj’s spouse needed to give them recent garments as mandated by the police.
“Even as the police started their investigation, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami certified that Jayaraj and Benicks died of breathing problems due to the injuries they had sustained when they rolled on the ground to avert their arrest. And, the First Information Report filed by the police fabricated a story to match the Chief Minister’s theory. And, Minister Kadambur C. Raju said it was not a custodial death as they died only in the hospital. Jayalalithaa too died in the hospital, but why did you institute a judicial commission to unravel the mystery behind her death? People should understand this and teach the AIADMK a fitting lesson and render justice to the bereaved family,” stated Mr. Stalin.
‘Minister Kadambur C. Raja has not done anything good’
The DMK president got here down closely on Mr. Raju, alleging that the Minister had amassed ill-gotten wealth with which he might create a brand new city just like Kovilpatti. “Without doing anything good for the people of Kovilpatti constituency, Mr. Raju is heaping encomiums on the Chief Minister, which is his full-time job. Minutes before the notification for the Assembly polls, he laid the foundation stone for a nursing college to hoodwink the people. The Kovilpatti voters should ensure that Mr. Raju loses his deposit in this election for having done nothing for them over the past 10 years despite getting their votes,” Mr. Stalin stated. He appealed to them to vote for CPI (M) candidate Ok. Srinivasan
The DMK chief promised to offer a everlasting resolution for the residents’ water-logging woes throughout downpours and create a truck terminal to accommodate the lorries coming to the port city.
Upgrading of presidency hospitals at Ottapidaaram, Kayathar, Kovilpatti, Tiruchendur and Kaayalpattinam, the institution of nursing school in Nazareth and a authorities arts and science school at Kazhugumalai, provide of uncooked materials for match industries via SIDCO, taking surplus water of Tamirabharani as much as Puththan Tharuvai by way of Karumaeniyar, a separate welfare board for saltpan staff, regularisation of providers of contract labourers of Tuticorin Thermal Power Station, an industrial property at Ottapidaaram and Deivaseyalpuram via SIDCO and so on. had been among the guarantees made by him throughout his marketing campaign.