India court halts expansion of Vedanta's copper smelter after protest killings


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  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018

A demonstrator displays a placard during a protest, organised by All India Democratic Youth Organisation, after at least 10 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of the plant on environmental grounds in Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu, in Ahmedabad, India, May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Amit Dave

THOOTHUKUDI/MUMBAI India (Reuters) - One person died and others were wounded by gunfire in southern India on Wednesday in fresh violence related to protesters' demands that a copper smelter be shut on environmental grounds. The day before at least ten people were killed by police during a mass demonstration against the plant.

As the struggle continued on the streets of the port city of Thoothukudi, located at the tip of the subcontinent in Tamil Nadu state, an Indian court ordered a halt, at least for a few months, to plans to double the size of the plant. The Vedanta Resources-run smelter is already one of the two biggest in the country.

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