Vedanta shares drop 6% after protests in Tamil Nadu

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A group of citizen's have come together to condemn this unprecedented brutality.

According to the Tuticorin police, eight men and two women were killed in the violence.

He said police had been forced to act "since protesters disregarded a curfew, acted against the advice of police", and indulged in violence.

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Chennai, May 23 The Tamil Nadu government today ordered suspension of internet services in Tuticorin and adjoining districts of Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari for five days to prevent spread of rumours through social media and help bring public tranquility. As people marched ahead, breaching the barricades, and entered the Collectorate, the police retaliated and fired at the crowds.

Taking suo motu cognizance of the incident that claimed 11 lives, the NHRC issued a notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan and Director General of Police (DGP) T.K. Rajendran.

This is not the first time that Sterlite's pollution and the impunity it enjoys has been the cause of public anger in Tuticorin.

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The plant was shut for more than two months in 2013 by an environmental court after residents complained about emissions. The regulators - TNPCB and ministry of environment and forests - too continued their cosy relationship with Sterlite ignoring blatant violations of statutory conditions and clear indications of pollution.

It has ignored the tentative findings of a government medical college's health study that reported higher incidents of certain health problems among the villagers living around the factory. The Politburo demands that plant should be shut down immediately.

Palaniswami also announced government jobs for the family of the deceased. The RSS and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been opposed by Tamil Nadu.

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