Satyapriya, General Manager (Legal), Sterlite Copper, in a petition, which was heard the court on Wednesday, recalled that several protests have been held against the company at the instigation of certain vested interests in the recent past.
Following the protests, 20 policemen were deployed at the plant. Meanwhile, another mass demonstration has been planned on May 22 and messages were being circulated on social media that the factory would be torched, the petitioner said.
Hence, the Court should direct the Thoothukudi Collector and SP to provide additional police security to the factory, warehouse and residential quarters. Also, areas up to 1 km around the three company properties should be declared as a no-protest zone, Satyapriya prayed in the petition. After hearing the petition, Justice M S Ramesh directed the public prosecutor to get instructions from the Thoothukudi SP on the company’s plea.