You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Protesters against Sterlite Copper plant arrested

Topics
Environment

Press Trust of India  |  Tuticorin (TN) 

Around 250 people on an indefinite fast protesting against the Sterlite Copper's plant here and its proposed expansion were today arrested, police said.

The protesters from nearby Reddiarpuram village near here launched the fast yesterday alleging that the plant, part of the Vedanta Group, was polluting ground water in their area.

As the villagers continued their fast despite efforts by top district officials led by Sub-Collector M S Prasanth to persuade them to give up the stir, police arrested them.

Earlier, a protester alleged the plant, located in the SIPCOT Industrial Complex, was affecting their water sources and caused air pollution.

"We are having breathing problem. We are forced to observe fast as the district administration did not take any action," he told the officials.

He said the people of the village had petitioned the district collector several times seeking closure of the unit, but no action had been taken.

The people were unhappy with the proposed expansion of the plant and voiced concern it would further affect the They not only wanted the expansion to be stopped, but the plant itself to be closed.

Some school children in their uniform were also present at the fast venue while DMK district unit Secretary Geetha Jeevan joined the agitation today.

Police said those arrested had been lodged in a local wedding hall.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 19:25 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU