Anti-Sterlite Protest in Tuticorin Turns Violent

Chennai: The protests going on for last several months demanding closure of Vedanta's Sterlite Copper unit took a violent turn on Tuesday with one person feared dead and over six injured in the clash between protesters and police in Thoothukudi (also known as Tuticorin). Tamil Nadu DGP TK Rajendran said, "People of Tuticorin need not worry. We are trying to bring the situation under control and it’s almost done. We will enquire if that one death is due to firing.”

Locals have been protesting for quite some time now against the expansion activities of the Sterlite plant and have alleged that the plant was polluting ground water in their areaThe protesters were seen pelting stones and toppling police vehicles after they were prevented from marching towards the plant. They even tried to gherao the Collector’s office as well as the Sterlite plant. Police officials resorted to lathicharge and tear gas to disperse the crowd. Vehicles inside the Collector’s office were torched by the angry mob. As the situation is extremely tense, police have called for additional reinforcements. Over 2000 police personnel have been moved to Tuticorin from nearby districts to bring the situation under control.

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