Tuticorin: This isn’t the first time that Vedanta is in news for the wrong reason. Eleven people, including a 17-year-old girl, were reported to be killed in police firing during a massive rally taken out demanding the closure of Sterlite Copper, a Vedanta group copper smelter unit, in the port town of Thoothukudi in south Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.
What is Vedanta’s Sterlite unit?
Sterlite Copper is a unit of Vedanta Limited which operates a 400,000-tonne per annum capacity plant in Tuticorin. Vedanta Limited is part of Vedanta Resources, one of the world’s largest mining and metals conglomerates. The smelter has been at the centre of controversy right from its inception in 1996.
Why are people protesting against it?
There have been widespread protests against the establishment and operation of the Sterlite copper smelting plant since the mid 90s as the residents were demanding its closure alleging that it was polluting the area, and leading to severe health problems besides depleting the water table.
The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) has found evidence that Sterlite has contaminated the groundwater, air and soil.
Sterlite industries donated 19 crores to BJP
In a recent link to this story, it has come to the surface that BJP has received 19 crore donation from Sterile Industries.
BJP received 19 Crore as donations from Sterlite Industries #SterliteKillings
BJP is the same party, which also received donations from Dow Chemicals, company which is responsible for killing 1000s of people in Bhopal. pic.twitter.com/EedFDgpZUD
— Kapil (@kapsology) May 23, 2018