Tamil Nadu anti-Sterlite protests: Death toll mounts to 10

Madras High Court issues interim stay on expansion of Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi

Anti-Sterlite Protest in Tamil Nadu: Fresh Firing Leaves 1 Dead, Three Injured

The district collector, the chairperson and member secretary of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, the secretaries holding the environment portfolios in the central and state governments, the ministers of environment at the state and Centre, and the chief minister of Tamil Nadu need to account for their inaction in the face of overwhelming evidence of illegalities, environmental harm and damage to public health.

The new spell of violence began this morning, when police used mild force to chase away a large number of anti-Sterlite Movement members and relatives of firing victims from the Government Hospital (GH).

While the fate of the plant has to be decided on a scientific evaluation of whether it is flouting pollution norms or not, the question immediately at hand is whether police and administration should have managed yesterday's protest in a more sophisticated way, averting the high death toll.

On Tuesday, a crowd waving black flags stormed the district government headquarters and an apartment block for Vedanta employees, a company official said, declining to be named for fear of being targeted.

One person was killed and three injured on Wednesday as fresh violence broke out in Thoothukudi's Anna Nagar in the wake of anti-Sterlite protests here. Tamil Nadu, is a brutal example of state-sponsored terrorism. They also set fire to a police bus and a van.

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Authorities were advising motorists to avoid the area and residents to shelter in place while the hunt for the suspect continued. The document says officers responding to the scene found Caprio suffering from traumatic injuries in the roadway.

Gandhi tweeted: "The gunning down by the police of nine people in". Smoke rose from several parts of the city.

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.

Environmental activists and some local politicians want the government to shut the plant permanently.

"We would like to restart the plant as soon as possible, in a peaceful manner", P. Ramnath, chief executive of Vedanta Ltd's copper business, told Reuters.

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