Thoothukudi: Eleven people, including a girl, died on Tuesday in police firing after the ongoing anti-Sterlite protests turned violent with thousands of people from nearby areas allegedly attacking the District Collectorate demanding closure of the Vedanta Group-run company.
Amidst the clash between the police and protesters, a Tamil Nadu policeman in civil clothes who was armed with what appeared to be an assault rifle has been snapped taking aim. The cop is a few metres away from the anti-Sterlite protesters site had parked himself atop a police bus.
#WATCH Local police in Tuticorin seen with assault rifles to disperse protesters demanding a ban on Sterlite Industries. 9 protestors have lost their lives. #TamilNadu. (Earlier visuals) pic.twitter.com/hinYmbtIZQ
— ANI (@ANI) May 22, 2018
According to a video released by news agency ANI, he crawls the length of the bus in a few seconds like an expert commando, takes his position and the assault rifle.
And then, a voice is heard in the background making a shocking statement: “At least one should die”. A few seconds later, the policeman fires his first shot. There is no clarity if there were any casualties, however if he didn’t someone else did.