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‘Victims of police firing not compensated adequately’

Many of the victims of police firing during the anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi last May have not been adequately compensated, People’s Watch, a human rights organisation, has said.

In a report titled ‘A year after Thoothukudi burned,’ released here on Monday, the organisation said the worst affected were those who sustained bullet injuries. Acknowledging that the families of all those killed in the firing had received the compensation of Rs. 20 lakh each from the government, the report, however, highlighted that the employment provided to a family member of each deceased person was not satisfactory.

Addressing media here after releasing the report, Henri Tiphagne, executive director, People’s Watch, said while almost all the persons were provided the job of ‘ Thalaiyari (Village Assistants),’ one person was appointed as a Cook Assistant under the Nutritious Meal Scheme, though a few of them had
undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

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