Police in south India accused of mass murder after shooting dead protesters

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And there is a greater public scrutiny on both facilities.

The petition also states that the state machinery has failed the people of Thoothukudi, and highlights that it remains unclear as to who ordered the firing on the protesters.

The latest victim died in hospital Thursday, two days after being injured, doctors said.

"In the light of the above said facts it is decided, that in exercise of the power conferred under Section 33A of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 as amended and under Section 31A of Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 as amended, to issue directions for closure and disconnection of power supply to the unit", the order reads.

The CEO of Sterlite Copper- P Ramnath was quoted as saying in a story published with BusinessToday that the protestors were "spreading rumours" about Cancer. The Tuticorin plant employs 3,500 directly and another 30,000-40,000 indirectly.

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Meanwhile, the protests which have been on for almost 100 days, took a turn for the worse when protestors began ransacking and putting vehicles and public property on fire.

In 2013, the Supreme Court took cognisance of the pollution from the existing plant and fined the company Rs 100 crore for the environmental damage it had caused between 1997 and 2012.

In the wake of the protests on-going in Thoothukudi, telecom players have received a directive from the Chief Secretary to bar data services in three districts of Tamil Nadu - Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts. Reportedly 11 lives have been lost owing to this.

The comment was made in reference to a court-order that stopped his company from iron-ore mining activities in Goa and the Tuticorin protests.

Here's a low-down on the events that have unfolded in Thoothukudi following Sterlite's plans to expand the capacity of its copper smelter.

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Vedanta, whose acquisitive journey started with Agarwal buying a copper company in 1979, now has businesses spread across the world, including India, Africa, Ireland and Australia.

Stocks of the company trading on the bourses in London and Mumbai took a toll after the temporary stay.

"But at this point of time the atmosphere is very tense, temperatures are high". He further said that Stalin did not seek any appointment.

The plant, which can produce 400,000 tons of copper a year, has been shut for more than 50 days and will remain shut until at least June 6, because the local pollution regulator will not allow it to operate due to alleged non-compliance with environmental rules.

The plant, about 600 kilometres (375 miles) south of Tamil Nadu's state capital Chennai, is now closed as Vedanta's Sterlite Copper subsidiary seeks a new licence so it can be expanded.

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"It is with great sorrow and regret that we witnessed yesterday's (Tuesday) incidents around the protest at Tuticorin".

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