At Close, the Sensex was down 953.70 points or 1.64% at 57,145.22, and the Nifty was down 311 points or 1.79% at 17,016.30. Stocks of index heavyweights such as Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), ICICI Bank, ITC, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, and Maruti Suzuki India contributed the most to the indices’ fall. About 630 shares have advanced, 2860 shares declined, and 120 are unchanged. All sectors plunged into the sea of red with the Nifty Auto, Nifty Metal, Nifty Media, and Nifty Realty indices taking the biggest hit. Weakness spread to broader markets, too, as Nifty MidCap 100 and Nifty SmallCap 100 indices dropped over 3 percent and 4 percent, respectively. The volatility gauge, India VIX, meanwhile, jumped over 8 percent.