Anti-Sterlite protests: Internet services restored in Tuticorin 

WION Web Team
Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 28, 2018, 07:53 AM IST

File photo of Anti-Sterlite Protest in Thoothukudi. Photograph:(ANI)

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Internet services were suspended on May 23

Internet services in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu were restored yesterday. "The internet facility we are restoring it from tonight, the people can avail the facility without any problem," TK Rajendran, DGP, Tamil Nadu said.

"We assessed the existing situation and the officers and strength deployment, accordingly we are withdrawing some officer and strength but we are keeping the adequate strength to take care of peace in the entire district. I request people to cooperate in bringing back normalcy in the entire district," he added.

The death toll in the anti-Sterlite protests in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin climbed to 13 while more than 70 people were reported injured in Anti-Sterlite protests.

Internet services were suspended on May 23. Tuticorin's Superintendent of Police and the District Collector were transferred on the same day. The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, last Wednesday, stayed the plant's planned expansion.

The foundation stone of Sterlite’s copper-smelting plant in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi district was laid by the late former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa, in the year 1994.

For over two decades, locals here have been fighting cases in various courts to protest its ongoing operations stating that the plant causes severe air and water pollution and contaminates the soil.  

(With inputs from agencies