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Madurai/Chennai,Jun 25 (PTI) The Madras High Court on Friday made some strong remarks over the May 2018 police firing in Tuticorin, where 13 persons were killed during a violent anti-Sterlite agitation, asking "can we kill people and throw money at them and say our job is over. Is that the society that we want to build."

These were among the questions raised by Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee, now sitting at the Madurai bench, when the PIL petition from Henri Tiphagne, an activist, on the matter, came up for hearing today.


The bench was passing interim orders on the PIL from Tiphagne, the executive director of People''s Watch, an NGO, praying for a direction to the State to reopen the case registered by the NHRC on the incident.

Appearing in person, Tiphagne, also an advocate, told the bench that while the NHRC had closed the case in October 2018, it was yet to disclose the report filed by its team which had conducted an investigation at the site.

The grounds for closing the case, taken up on its own, in its order was ill-advised and the case must be reopened, he said.

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