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Vedanta Chief Anil Agarwal Expresses Sorrow Over Deaths in Tuticorin Violence

In a video message on twitter, Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal said the company would like to continue the business at the plant with the 'wish' of the community.

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Updated:May 24, 2018, 7:08 PM IST
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Vedanta Chief Anil Agarwal Expresses Sorrow Over Deaths in Tuticorin Violence
Police personnel tackle protestors demanding the closure of Vedanta's Sterlite Copper unit in Tuticorin. (PTI)
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New Delhi: Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal on Thursday described as 'unfortunate' the loss of 13 lives in violent protests demanding closure of a copper factory owned by group firm Sterlite Copper at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu.

In a video message on twitter, Agarwal said the company would like to continue the business at the plant with the 'wish' of the community.

At present, the company is waiting for clearance from court and government to restart the plant, which is currently closed for annual maintenance, he added.

"I am very sad to hear the incident... This was absolutely unfortunate. My full sympathy is with the families (of the deceased)," Agarwal said.

Claiming that the company strictly follows what the court and the government orders are, he said, "We always make sure the community and Tuticorin people at large prosper with us."

The NRI billionaire further said, "I am totally committed for the community, people at large, and with their wish, and with their prosperity we would like to continue this business."

Reiterating the commitment of the company to environment and "the development of people of Tuticorin and Tamil Nadu", Agarwal said,"(we) will abide by the law of the land. Once again, I am very much in pain, (with) what happened..."

The Madras High Court has stayed a proposed expansion of the plant. Locals have been agitating for over 100 days now demanding closure of the Vedanta group copper plant over pollution concerns.

The Tamil Nadu government has constituted an inquiry commission to look into the matter. The Commission of Inquiry, headed by Aruna Jagadeesan a retired judge of the Madras High Court, will probe the violence.

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took suo motu cognisance of the violence and issued notices to chief secretary and the director general of police, calling for detailed reports in two weeks.
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