May 28, 2018 / 12:50 PM / 10 months ago

Indian state orders permanent closure of Vedanta copper smelter after deadly protests

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows Sterlite Industries Ltd's copper plant, a unit of London-based Vedanta Resources, in Tuticorin, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu April 5, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s Tamil Nadu state has ordered a permanent closure of a big copper smelter run by London-listed Vedanta Resources, its chief minister said on Monday, after protests demanding its shutdown killed 13 people last week.

“We have taken a decision to permanently shut down the plant and today issued government orders to do the same,” Edappadi K. Palaniswami said in a statement.

Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan; Editing by Malini Menon

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