Vedanta shares drop 6% after protests in Tamil Nadu

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Police caned the protesters and restored normalcy. This loss of lives by gunfire is due to government's inaction and their indifference towards the sentiments of the people.

Haasan was surrounded by grieving relatives who asked him repeatedly to see what the state government had done to their dear ones.

The Tamil Nadu police have shot at least 10 people in Tuticorin to crush a massive people's movement that has been demanding, for years now, that the highly polluting and illegally operating Sterlite copper smelter of the infamous Vedanta group must be shut down. He demanded that it is important to know "who ordered to shoot yesterday".

Haasan had himself joined the protestors on 1 April, on the 49th day of the agitation. It is a known fact that the state and central governments have allowed Sterlite to operate with lower-than-required chimney stacks, thereby exposing lakhs of residents to higher levels of toxic pollutants.

Rajinikanth and Haasan were joined by other Tamil cine stars in the condemnation of the police action. As a result, they claim, many of them are facing severe health problems.

Police said almost 5000 protesters gathered near a local church and insisted on taking out a rally to the district collectorate after they were denied permission to march to the copper smelter plant.

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Opposition parties led by the DMK accused the police of "committing murder".

The violence during a protest, seeking permanent closure of Vedanta group's Sterlite Copper plant over alleged pollution issues also saw several dozens of men and women sustaining injuries which includes police personnel as well.

Gandhi tweeted: "The gunning down by the police of nine people in".

In retaliation, police officials resorted to lathi-charge and tear gas to disperse the crowd to contain the situation.

The protesters alleged that police had used force without provocation on the peaceful gathering.

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