"Untoward incidents have occurred due to anti socials who are trying to instill fear among the people," he said and warned of severe action against such elements.
The Tamil Nadu government was taking steps to meet the demands of the people over the issue.
People should find a peaceful solution, he said.
The district has been witnessing several protests by locals and others against the Sterlite Copper plant here and its proposed expansion.
Protesters have alleged that the plant was polluting ground water in their area.
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