They explained to locals that the onshore extraction process is extremely harmful and dangerous to the environment and that it will damage people's health.
With the district still to recover from the impact of bullets sprayed on protesters on May 22, Express takes a look at the factors that precipitated the clash...
Death toll in Sterlite protest rises to 11; Retired judge to inquire into Thoothukudi police shoot-out
With the situation still tense, Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami has defended the police saying the cops resorted to firing only because the protestors started torching vehicles and pelting stones.
Mining sector grew at a CAGR of 7.3 per cent in the last decade compared to 22 per cent in China in the same period.