Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday expressed her deep and heartfelt condolences for those families of Tamil Nadu about incident near the Sterlite Tuticorin plant.
In her condolence message, Mamata Banerjee said “I just landed in Bengaluru to the shocking news about incident near the Sterlite Tuticorin plant. My thoughts and prayers with the people of Tamil Nadu at this hour of grief. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and hope the injured recover soon.”
9 people killed during the protest held in Tuticorin demanding the closure of the plan of the United Kingdom-based Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper in Tuticorin city of Tamil Nadu for allegedly causing pollution took a violent turn on Tuesday with protestors pelting stones at police.
At the VVD junction signal, police tried to stop the protestors from proceeding further, leading to heated arguments following which stones were pelted at the police. Besides, the protestors also set on fire a few vehicles. Police then resorted to tear gas shelling and lathi-charge. However, the protestors didn’t relent and damaged a police vehicle. They also forced the police Vajra vehicle to backtrack.
Reports said the protestors continued to surge forwards towards the collector’s office, while the police were trying to control them. Shops and business establishments were closed on Tuesday as a call was given in the city for taking out a march to the collector’s office.
Meanwhile, member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Geetha Jeevan was arrested with 200 others near the Sterlite plant when she tried to stage a blockade in defiance of the prohibitory orders.
Protests demanding the closure of Sterlite copper plant were launched in Tuticorin in February, mainly after Vedanta announced its expansion plan. The issue got complicated after the Tamil Nadu Government refused to renew its consent to operate on 9 April. Sterlite has filed a petition in the Madras High Court against this refusal and hearings are currently on.