Thoothukudi Government Medical College Hospital witnessed an unprecedented admission of people with bleeding injuries and gunshot wounds caused during the violent protest at the Collectorate demanding permanent closure of Sterlite Copper unit on Tuesday.
According to hospital sources, the condition of two persons, who suffered head injuries in police firing, is critical. A team of vascular surgeons from Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai has been called to perform surgeries here.
108 driver attacked
istance to the injured, a 108 ambulance van driver is said to have been assaulted by the protesters. Subsequently, two other ambulance operators, including one from Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, volunteered to carry the riot victims to hospitals in Thoothukudi.
Collector N. Venkatesh said 78 persons, who took part in the anti-Sterlite rally, were injured in the riot. Other sources said around 60 victims were under treatment at the GH here and around 20 police personnel, who suffered injuries, were admitted to a private hospital.