Claiming that main demand of shutting down Sterlite plant has already been met, the newly appointed Thoothukudi district collector Sandeep Nanduri has appealed to the people to cooperate with the government to restore normalcy in the district, rocked by violence for the past three days.
He said that the government was seeking a permanent closure of a big copper smelter run by London-listed Vedanta Resources after 13 people died in protests demanding the closure of the plant on environmental grounds.
“The government’s position is very clear, it doesn’t want the plant to run,” said Sandeep Nanduri, the top official of the district where the plant is located, after a meeting with senior state government officials.
Speaking to reporters soon after assuming office, the new collector said the government had asked him and newly-appointed Superintendent of Police Murali Ramba to assume charge immediately.
“It is a big responsibility, which the government has entrusted with the new SP, myself and other officials. It shows the faith it has in us,” Nanduri said.
Condemning the police action against protesters in Thoothukudi, the DMK and other opposition parties in Tamilnadu called for a dawn-to-dusk bandh today.
In a statement, the DMK said instead of the all-party protest, a bandh would be observed on May 25 to condemn the police action and demand the closure of the Sterlite copper smelting plant in Tuticorin district.
Meanwhile, a PIL was filed in the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking a court monitored Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the killings of protesters during the anti-Sterlite rally in Thoothukudi.