Tamil Nadu government orders closure of Sterlite Copper smelter plant


Thoothukudi, May 28: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday ordered the closure of the copper smelter plant of Vedanta Ltd, popularly known as Sterlite Copper. 

Earlier in a day, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said that the government will take necessary measures to permanently shut down the copper smelter plant of Vedanta Ltd, popularly known as Sterlite Copper.

Pannerselvam paid a visit to the hospital here and enquired about the health of those injured in the police firing on anti-Sterlite Copper protestors on May 22, in which 13 persons lost their lives.

The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking to media and he also added that compensation to the injured was being paid.

Normalcy was slowly returning to the city with shops and other establishments opening their doors for customers.

Internet connectivity has also resumed since Sunday midnight after it was suspended on May 23.

“Shops are open now. Normalcy is returning. But till the copper smelter plant is permanently closed there will not be total peace in the city,” S. Raja of Thoothukudi Traders Association told news agency IANS.

Raja also said murder charge should be registered against the police personnel who opened fire on the protestors.

As per Raja, a post-mortem has been done on seven bodies out of the 13 who died in the police firing. However, the relatives have not claimed the bodies yet.


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