Protest in Tuticorin to close down Sterlite Industries

Chennai: Protests continued in Tuticorin today as thousands including children and the elderly gathered demanding the closure of Sterlite Industries. Several shops downed their shutters.

Alleging pollution and water contamination due to Sterlite Industries, there were protests happening in and around Tuticorin SIPCOT. Much recently, expansion works began in the facility much to the dismay of residents of the locality.

They even gave a representation to Tuticorin District Collector. Following permission from the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court to hold protests, people started assembling at VVD Signal in the city yesterday, where a demonstration was organised.

People from Kumarattiyapuram who started the protest against the company six weeks ago were on the stage. Those who spoke at the event alleged that the factory let out harmful effluents and smoke that polluted ground water, soil and air.

Protesters said the the government should take necessary steps to close the Sterlite Industries within the city. Production was stopped in the salt pans too and all the 12 cinemas in the city also did not screen any show throughout the day yesterday.

Kamal voices support

Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan took to Twitter to voice his support for the protests against Sterlite Industries. The actor-turned-politician wrote, 'This anti -sterlite peoples agitation needs media support. My new status as a party leader need not be a disqualification or a deterent. I am still part of the Tamizh population. I am committed to this cause'.