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  1. Rajinikanth issues video message on Tuticorin protests, terms violence against agitators ‘failure of state, police brutality’

Rajinikanth issues video message on Tuticorin protests, terms violence against agitators ‘failure of state, police brutality’

In the video, Rajinikanth said, “I condemn the carelessness of the government, failure of the state machinery and the police brutality in the Sterlite protests. My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased.”

By: | Updated: May 23, 2018 7:01 PM
Rajinikanth said, “I condemn the carelessness of the government, failure of the state machinery and the police brutality in the Sterlite protests. My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased.”

Actor turned politician Rajinikanth on Wednesday issued a video message on anti-Sterlite protests. Rajinikanth took to Twitter and posted a 20-second video. In the video, Rajinikanth said, “I condemn the carelessness of the government, failure of the state machinery and the police brutality in the Sterlite protests.”

On Tuesday, Rajinikanth held the ruling AIADMK government in the state as responsible for the violence. The Tamil cinema star had said that the government doesn’t respect the sentiments of the people.

Earlier, actor-politician president Kamal Haasan also visited the injured in Tuticorin and extended his condolences to the bereaved families. Later, DMK leader M K Stalin demanded the resignation of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and DGP TK Rajendran over the protests.

Stalin said that Palaniswami and Rajendran should take moral responsibility for the incident, which led to at least 11 dead in the area. Stalin, who dropped his plan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy as chief minister of Karnataka, criticised Palaniswami for not taking steps to visit the spot or send his cabinet ministers to the area. The DMK leader also visited the families of those deceased and injured in the incident. “I strongly condemn the violence on behalf of the DMK. Chief Minister Palaniswami and DGP T K Rajendran should take up moral responsibility for the police action and resign,” he said.

“Will@CMOTamilNadu take action against DGP for failing to maintain law and order? Will Chief Secretary explain her role in this entire episode? Will there be justice for #SterliteProtest?” he later said in a tweet. “Why was there not adequate police presence to maintain law and order during #SterliteProtest ? Is it accurate to say that there was a total failure of State intelligence which led to these unfortunate deaths?” Stalin added.

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