Moreover, fresh concerns over passing of key reform bills like GST dampened the sentiment. Besides, sustained foreign funds outflows and weakness in the rupee added to the rout.

Globally, oil struggled at a seven-year low as OPEC decided not to slash output. Consequently, BSE oil&gas index plunged by 2.14 percent.

After shuttling between 25,256.79 and 25,542.47, the 30-share Sensex ended the day down by 219.78 points or 0.86 percent at over a three-month low of 25,310.33. The index had closed at 24,893.81     points on September 7. The broad-based NSE Nifty after dipping below the crucial 7,700-mark to touch a low of 7,685.45, settled 63.70 points or 0.82 percent down at 7,701.70.

With a slump of over 5 percent, GAIL was the biggest loser among Sensex and Nifty stocks as the company mulls shutting down of coal-based power plants near metro cities. Other laggards included Vedanta, Hindalco, Dr Reddy's, ONGC, Tata Steel, Coal India, BHEL, L&T, RIL, SBI, Lupin, Wipro, Lupin, M&M, HDFC, Hero MotoCorp, HUL, Sun Pharma, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Bharti Airtel, Cipla and Maruti Suzuki.

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