Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board orders power supply be cut to Sterlite plant
Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has directed Tuticorin District Collector to disconnect power supply to Sterlite Copper’s smelter. According to reports, the Board had found that the unit was 'carrying out activities to resume production' despite being told not to do so until its licence to operate is renewed.
The number of deaths in the anti-Sterlite protests in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin has reached 13 while over 70 have been injured. Those wounded in clashes are undergoing treatment.
Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has directed Dist collector of #Thoothukudi to disconnect power supply to Sterlite Copper’s smelter. Board found the unit was 'carrying out activities to resume production' despite being told not to do so until its licence to operate is renewed.— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2018
Meanwhile, Internet services have been suspended (starting 9 pm Wednesday) for five days. Tuticorin's Superintendent of Police and the District Collector were transferred on Wednesday after fresh protests broke out.
ANI reported that 67 people have so far been arrested for violence.
The police allegedly used assault rifles to shoot at the protesters.
The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday stayed the plant's planned expansion. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the Tamil Nadu government for a report on the killings.