Vastavam web: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan today visited Kumarareddiapuram village in the district to express solidarity with those protesting against the existing Sterlite Copper smelter plant and its proposed unit near here.Residents of Kumarareddiyapuram have been demanding that the plant be shutdown immediately. They have been protesting for the past 48 days citing health concerns.The actor-politician said he had not come to Tuticorin for publicity.
“My name is Kamal Haasan… For me being humane is more important than being an actor. I am a Tamilian first. I have not come here as a politician. I have not come here for publicity. I have had enough publicity already,” he said.The Sterlite unit “showed the cruel face of business… showed the greedy face of business”, he added.He said the central and state governments had not heard the voice of the people and that “the people should make them hear now”.Sterlite Copper’s unit was shutdown on March 29 for 15 days for taking up maintenance work.