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The Madras High Court on Monday directed the authorities concerned to drop all the cases registered against the protestors involved in the anti-Sterlite agitation in 2018, in which 13 persons were killed in alleged police firing, and ensure their future prospects.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice T S Sivagnanam also orally observed that firing upon the innocent public was a scar on Indian democracy and it should not be forgotten. 

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The Madurai based network towards human rights monitoring, ‘People’s Watch’, has sought the new government in Tamil Nadu to immediately pass orders for the discontinuation of the inquiry commission led by retired Justice Aruna Jagadeesan into anti-Sterlite protest in Thoothukudi.

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Human rights activists, who voiced their support for families of victims of those killed and injured during the anti-Sterlite rally in Thoothukudi on May 22 last year, have been humiliated by the district administration and Police, Henri Tiphagne, executive director of ‘People’s Watch’, a Madurai based human rights organisation, said.

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