Karaikudi: Home Minister P Chidambaram
on Monday hoped the police would handle people`s stir carefully
without taking recourse to tough measures like firing even as
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa sought to defend the
Paramakudi police firing incident which claimed seven lives.
"I hope in future the police would handle the people`s
agitation carefully without resorting to tough measures like
firing," Chidambaram told reporters here.
He, however, declined further comments on the incident
saying he could not give his views without knowing about the
situation under which it was done.
Chidambaram said the Centre had been advising police
officials to handle people`s agitation to maximum extent
possible without opening fire.
Seven people were killed when police opened fire to quell
violence at Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district yesterday.
Defending the police action, Jayalalithaa said yesterday
that they were forced to open fire as protesters attacked
police personnel on duty.
"The protesters indulged in large-scale violence and
torched police vehicles. Police opened fire in self defence
and to protect public property," Jayalalithaa had said.