The Tamil Nadu government today cancelled land allotment for planned expansion of Vedanta group’s copper plant in Tuticorin “in larger public interest” and ordered a CB-CID probe into the violence during the anti-Sterlite protest and police firing that left 13 dead. Chief Minister K Palaniswami told the state assembly that the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd (SIPCOT) has issued the order cancelling the land allotment.
The move comes a day after the state government ordered its Pollution Control Board to seal and ‘permanently’ close the Sterlite Copper plant following last week’s protests, over pollution concerns. The probe into the violence during the last week’s protest and police firing was today transferred from local police to the Crime Branch-CID police, a senior official told PTI. In a related development, state Governor Banwarilal Purohit visited the kin of some of those killed in the police firings on May 22 and 23 and also met the injured at a goverment hospital at Tuticorin. Read More