Madurai, Jue 18: Nearly a month after the Tamil Nadu government ordered shut down of Vedanta’s Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi following a protest which claimed 13 lives, a minor leak of the sulphuric acid has been detected in one of its storage units.
Thoothukudi District Collector Sandeep Nanduri on Monday informed the media that all the necessary security protocols are being followed to ensure safety of the locals.
“The process of removing leakage in the sulfuric acid warehouse at the Sterlite plant has begun. All necessary security protocols are being followed,” Nanduri said.
On May 22, Police opened fire at protesters seeking the closure of Sterlite Copper unit in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin on the grounds of pollution.
Justifying the police action against protestors Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami said “If someone is attacked, the natural course would be to defend and safeguard themselves. This is what had been done by the cops in response”.
Not only this alleged that the entire episode happened primarily because of opposition political parties, NGOs and anti-social elements, who took protestors to a wrong path.
However, later on May 28, the state government ordered shut down of the Sterlite plant.
The locals were protesting for more than 100 days against Sterlite Copper unit. They alleged that the plant was polluting groundwater and causing serious health issues.