Today on May 23, 2018 fresh violence was unleashed on the family of those who were killed in the police atrocities yesterday in Tuticorin. They had gathered in the Tuticorin government hospital and opposed the attempt by the government to cover-up the cold blooded murder by conducting autopsy without any witness. The police took control of the hospitals and autopsy was conducted. When the protests intensified the police again resorted to firing. A 22 year old youth was killed in the firing and about five people have been injured fatally. With this death toll has reached 13.
Dr. Edwin Joe, director of Medical education in TamilNadu told the media today that out of the 42 who were admitted in their hospital, 17 of the fatally injured protesters have undergone operation today. Also bodies of 10 protesters who were killed are kept in the mortuary. The actual death toll is still not known and the police are trying to cover-up the mass killings.
Protests have erupted in various part of TamilNadu against the killings carried out in broad day light. The state’s Brahminical Media, RSS and BJP have all come out support of the atrocities and have justified the police excess. The Ruling ADMK government, which has been a faithful lapdog of BJP, has toed the same line.Members of the ruling ADMK party are justifying the violence by saying that naxals and Maoists have hijacked the protests.
The Home ministry has now asked the state government to cut off the internet connection to three districts Tuticorin, Nellai and Kanyakumari. The central government has also announced that para military forces will be deployed in these districts. Facebook pages of activists who have been voicing in support of the protesting people have been blocked at the behest of the government.
All of these are a precursor to a massive violence that will be let loose on the innocent civilians.
In 2011, when the people of Idindhankarai and Koodankulam were protesting against the nuclear power plant, the government resorted to such acts. Power supply and mobile connectivity was terminated in the two villages. Journalists from various national media were prevented from entering into the villages and those who were on the ground were forced to leave the villages.
Arun Kali Raja is part of the May 17 Movement