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Thoothukudi firing: Section 144 lifted in Tamil Nadu district

New Delhi: Section 144 has been lifted in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi after District Collector declared normalcy in the area and no fresh incident of violence was reported. 13 people were killed in the area during a violent protest against the construction of copper unit by the Sterlite mining industries.

Earlier, to ward off any further violence Section 144, which prohibits assembly of more than four people in an area, was imposed in the district.

On Saturday, Thoothukudi District Collector said that normalcy has been restored in the district and no act of violence has been reported from past 24 hours.

“Normalcy has been restored in the city and the district. We have not noticed any unusual incident in the city in last 24 hrs. However, we have come across some incidents in the rural areas and we are reviewing the situations,” Sandeep Nanduri told.

The people here are up in arms against the construction of a copper plant, claiming that it was polluting groundwater and was hazardous for the environment.

This article was first published on http://www.wakeuppost.com.

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