Chennai, May 23: The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday stayed the construction of a new copper smelter by Vedanta’s Sterlite industrial plant in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin), Tamil Nadu.
The court’s order comes a day after at least 11 people were killed and several wounded during police firing as the protest turned violent.
Yesterday, hundreds of protesters went on a rampage demanding the closure of a Sterlite’s industrial plant in the city, citing that the pollution it generates is causing serious health issues.
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To control the situation police resorted to firing and lathi-charge. Section 144 has been also imposed in the area.
Earlier on Wednesday morning, Home Ministry sought a report from Tamil Nadu government over Thoothukudi incident.
The agitation against the plant, which represents the copper unit of Vedanta Limited, recently escalated after the firm announced the expansion of its unit in the city.
Sterlite Copper, which presently operates a 400,000-tonne per annum, maintains it has received necessary permits and has not violated any guidelines.