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Thoothukudi: Death Toll Rises To 13, TNPCB Orders Closure Of Sterlite Plant

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| May 24 , 2018 , 12:14 IST

The power supply to Sterlite's copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi has been disconnected by the State Government following the orders of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.

On May 23, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board had rejected the application of Vedanta for renewal of consent for power for "non-compliance of certain conditions imposed in the previous renewal of consent order issued to the unit".

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The death toll due to the police firing on people protesting against the expansion of a copper smelting plant has reached 13. Over 70 people are still undergoing treatment. The police action is being widely criticised across the country. Tuticorin District Collector and Superintendent of Police were transferred on Wednesday.

While internet services have been disconnected in three districts, no new case of violence has been reported since Wednesday. However, the death of 13 people has created a tense situation across the state. A statewide bandh has been called on Friday.