Some sections of local leaders and residents pelted stones at a chemical factory located near Chandrapadia village in Vinjamur mandal limits here on Sunday night which caused damage to furniture and window panes.
On information provided by the management, the Vinjamur police launched action and reportedly took into custody 10 persons in connection with the alleged vandalism.
Sources said that there has been a long-standing agitation by some local leaders against the Nutra Specialties factory. Their contention was that the chemical effluents from the factory were polluting their village and surrounding areas and the situation would aggravate in the near future.
However, the factory ruled out any harm from their side to the environment and asserted that all steps had been taken in this regard. The issue was discussed at the district officials’ level but the differences continued.