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Rajinikanth visits those injured in Thoothukudi police firing

The actor visited the hospital where the injured have been admitted and personally enquired about their health.

Manigandan KR

Actor Rajinikanth reached Thoothukudi today (30 May) to meet those injured in the police firing on 22 May, that killed 13 people.

It may be recalled that the police opened fire on peaceful protestors demanding the closure of the Sterlite's Tuticorin copper plant, believed to be responsible for polluting ground water in the region.

Talking to the media before leaving for Thoothukudi, Rajinikanth said, "I am going to Thoothukudi for the first time. I am concerned that my visit to the place comes at a difficult time. I am going there to console those who have suffered injuries in the protest and have been hospitalised. It is a goodwill gesture. I feel my visit will make them happy and I will feel pleased. I believe they will feel happy about meeting a cinema artiste."

When asked for his views on Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce's ban on his upcoming film in the state, he said, "I do not know the correct reason for the ban but the Karnataka chamber [sic] is a part of the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce. So, definitely they will intervene and amicably resolve the issue."

He was also asked to comment on Tamil Nadu chief minister's statement that the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam was responsible for the shooting, Rajinikanth said, "One set of people blaming another and the latter blaming the former is like a lion looking back. A lion can occasionally look back. But it can't keep looking only there for if it does so, it cannot progress. Similarly, if these people keep citing incidents of the past and look to politicise it, it creates a very difficult situation. Such a political scenario must change."

The actor visited the hospital where the injured have been admitted and personally enquired about their health. He then again spoke to the media in Thoothukudi.

"There were anti-social elements who had infiltrated the protests in Thoothukudi. The failure of the intelligence department is the reason why anti-social elements were able to infiltrate," he said, adding, "For any problems, one must approach the courts. People shouldn't stage protests for everything. No matter, who forms the government, they must not re-open the Sterlite plant. Asking the chief minister to step down for everything can't be the solution for anything."