Sterlite will permanently be closed: OPS

Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam today said his government would take all steps to permanently shut a copper smelter run by London-listed Vedanta Resources after deadly protests demanding its closure on environmental grounds.

Pannerselvam visited the hospital in Thoothukudi and inquired about the health of those injured in the police firing on anti-Sterlite Copper protestors on May 22, in which 13 persons died.

“We have closed the factory, and efforts will be taken to permanently shut down the Sterlite unit by overcoming the legal hurdles,” Panneerselvam told reporters.

Stating the injured are being provided with compensation, OPS said normalcy has returned in Tuticorin People are not upset with the state government,” he added.

Normalcy was slowly returning to Thoothukudi, with shops and other establishments opening their doors for customers. Internet connectivity has also resumed on Sunday after it was suspended on May 23.

Last week, 13 were killed after police opened fire on protesters demanding that the smelter in the port city of Thoothukudi be shut down.