Sterlite Protest Turns Violent

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Protests demanding the closure of the plan of the Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper in Tuticorin city entered the hundredth day today and despite prohibitory orders, a few hundred protests attempted to storm the district collector’s office in the city.

One person has been reportedly killed and 10 others have been injured in protest between the locals and the police turned violent. Protestors continued forwards towards the collector’s office, while the police were trying to control them.

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Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Geetha Jeevan was arrested with 200 others near the Sterlite plant. With the deployment of around 2,500 police personnel in various parts of Thoothukudi, security has been strengthened.

Protests demanding the closure of Sterlite copper plant were launched in Tuticorin in February, mainly after Vedanta announced its expansion plan. The issue got complicated after the Tamil Nadu Government refused to renew its consent to operate on 9 April. Sterlite has filed a petition in the Madras High Court against this refusal and hearings are currently on.

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