August 15, 2018

Protests against Vedanta copper smelter in Tuticorin turn violent

23 May 2018, 12:42 | Rodolfo Wallace

Vedanta Sterlite Tamil Nadu Violence: 9 Dead As Police Fire During ...

Rahul Gandhi

According to the minister, police resorted to firing after over 20,000 people, who were staging a protest demanding the closure of a copper smelting plant in Tuticorin, suddenly went on a rampage, vandalizing government property and offices.

Locals have been protesting against Vedanta's plans to expand the smelter, run by its Sterlite Copper unit. Plumes of black smoke emanated from the protest site.

With respect to the violence, he said the situation was "under control".

Among those who died were identified as Antony Selvaraj, Kandiah, Gladson, Jayaram, Maniraj, Tamilarasan, Shanmugham and Venista. Many of them were admitted to hospitals for treatment.

Among the injured was a 16-year-old schoolgirl who was waiting for her bus when she was hit by a bullet.

While opposition leader M.K. Stalin condemned the "police atrocities" and blamed the "inept government", the Communist Party of India (Marxist) state secretary K. Balakrishnan demanded Palaniswami's resignation.

Meanwhile, condemning the police action and the state government, the opposition and various organizations protested across the state. The protesters threw stones at the collector's office, Mr Palaniswami said in a statement.

Mourinho bemoans losing at his own game to Chelsea's Conte
Courtois was happy to have helped Chelsea win the FA Cup , but not with a season where they finished fifth in the league. Signing someone like Willian will surely be a good solution to that with the Brazilian a proven Premier League customer.

It will be awful if Neymar joins Real Madrid, says Lionel Messi
Every year, I am fighting to win everything. "The fact we were finalists and weren't able to win is a weight that we carry". During his illustrious spell, Messi has been locked in a battle with Cristiano Ronaldo over who the greatest footballer is.

Rocks spew from volcano summit
At the same time, tourism is the island's biggest industry and people's livelihoods are dependent on visitors coming, he said. On May 4 , Hawaii's Big Island was hit by a magnitude 6.9 natural disaster , the most powerful to hit the island since 1975.

The government said it was committed in respecting people's aspirations and was working in sync with that. At least thirty others have been injured, N Venkatesh, District Collector, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu told ET on the phone.

Several vehicles were also set ablaze further escalating tension in the area. As protestors started pelting stones enroute, police had to use mild lathi-charge to disperse the crowd and also teargas.

The protesters alleged that the police had used force unnecessarily and without provocation on the peaceful gathering. It also claims that the well-being of communities around it is the primary commitment of the company. Heavy police deployment could be seen in Thoothukudi and surrounding areas of the coastal city.

Jayakumar said compensation would be announced for families of victims, but added his government hadn't received official information about the death toll.

Support has poured in for the current phase of protests from political quarters including a publicised visit by actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, MDMK chief Vaiko, VCK chief Thol. The TN government must take action over the concerns expressed by the protesters, they said. The activists believe that a plant such as Sterlite Copper plant would require large amounts of surface water and resources and hence could end up facilitating depletion of drinking water in the area and a shortage of agricultural supply, Indian Express reported.

Locals have said the plant is polluting air and groundwater in the region.

Police said almost 5000 protesters gathered near a local church and insisted on taking out a rally to the district collectorate after they were denied permission to march to the copper smelter plant.

Other News

Trending Now

Iran shrugs off U.S. threat of imposing "toughest sanctions"
Iran foe Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Pompeo's speech , and urged the rest of the world to follow suit. They want Iran to restart portions of the country's nuclear program, suspended since the accord took effect.

Ramos expects tough final against Liverpool
Ryan Giggs has revealed who he hopes wins the Champions League final on May 26 in Kiev - but not for the reason you might think. We know there is an equally well qualified team on the other side.

The incredible AB de Villiers 'spiderman' catch that left Virat Kohli gobsmacked
Williamson then manipulated the fields and the bowlers expertly to bring Sunrisers to within touching distance of a magical win. In their run-chase, the Sunrisers' got off to a solid start with their openers Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan adding 47.

Guardiola Extends Man City Deal Till 2021
Manchester United received more money than champions Manchester City from the Premier League for the 2017-18 season. Guardiola revealed his delight at signing the new contract, saying: "I am so happy and excited".

Bill Gates talks about his awkward meetings with Donald Trump
Mr Gates said last month that Mr Trump was "super interested" in the idea of a universal flu vaccine. Jennifer Gates and her parents, Bill and Melinda Gates, listen to former U.S.

19 dead, 39 infected in Congo Ebola outbreak
President abandoned the striking health workers and chose to organize and attend a political rally in Jigawa State". Of the 20 people considered probable carriers, 18 have died. "This time, they've wasted no time", she said.

Laurel Or Yanny? 'I Hear Covfefe' Trump Jokes In White House Video
But there are also plenty of White House staffs who only hear Yanny, including strategic-communications director Mercedes Schlapp. If you hadn't been introduced to the possibility of hearing "Yanny" or "Laurel" you may not have heard either of these words.

Arsene Wenger Endorses Idea of Mikel Arteta Succeeding Him
Arsene Wenger has stated that Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta has the quality to succeed if given the Arsenal job.

Luka Dončić Isn't Sure About the National Basketball Association
Get a full breakdown of each projected lottery prospects' strengths, weaknesses, draft ranges, physical comps and more . The Nets finished with the eighth-worst record (28-54) - so the Cavs are picking exactly where they were supposed to.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin reveal they have welcomed their fourth child together
She added: "I'm gonna make them a special cake to tell them if it's a boy or a girl..." "Earlier this morning.wish me luck". She revealed that she attended the "last event before baby is born" that day.