A tweet by Hari Prabhakaran, a senior functionary at the AIADMK's IT wing, was explicit.
But soon after, he deleted the tweet and issued an apology:
All opinions expressed by me are personal and it is not official party view. I'm not authorised to express party views. I heard few people got hurt due to one of my tweet this morning .I don't have any animosity towards any group of people. My apologies to those who r hurt.— Hari Prabhakaran (@Hariadmk) May 28, 2018
By then it was too late. The party had taken swift action, dropping him from all posts.
Six days after the violence and police firing in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin -- in which 13 protesters demanding closure of the Sterlite copper smelting plant died - Mr Panneerselvam had visited the injured people.
The video, where the woman was seen asking Information Minister 'Kadambur' Raju why the government could not permanently shut the Sterlite plant, was widely circulated. The woman's son was undergoing treatment and in the video she was even seen asking the minister what he would have done if his son had sustained such an injury.
The protests demanding the closure of the copper plant over pollution concerns in Tuticorin have been going on for over three months, but violence erupted on Tuesday, with agitators fighting pitched battles with police, who opened fire.
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