On March 31, 2012
Prashan Bhushan visits Idinthakarai
On March 30, 2012
S P Udayakumar received a letter from the Passport Officer in Madurai that he has to return my Passport as he has criminal cases against him.
March 29, 2012 at 10 AM
A team of Home Ministry officials from New Delhi descended on S P Udayakumar’s home at Nagercoil and inspected SACCER Trust’s account for 12 hours both at home and again at the Government Guest House in Nagercoil.
March 28, 2012 11:30 AM
Vanni Arasu has obtained bail. No fresh developments on the other 178 detained. relay hunger-strike in Idinthakarai on.
March 27, 2012, 10:30 PM
The indefinite hunger-strike in Idinthakarai, Koodankulam has come to an end this evening after 9 days, following negotiations with the local administration regarding lifting of police charges laid against the peaceful protesters, revocation of Section 144 and restoration of normalcy and essential supplies.The peaceful protest in Koodankulam would continue as the demands pertaining to safety regulatory procedures, environmental and social impacts, and independent review of the project can be pursued only at the level of the State and Central Governments.The convener of the anti-KKNPP struggle committee S.P. Udayakumar said until the detained protesters were released from prisons, they would neither give up their relay fast nor leave the protest venue. “The entire world is watching our nonviolent protest, which will continue,” said Dr. Udayakumar before accepting the juice offered by Rt. Rev. Peter Fernando to mark the end of the indefinite fast.
March 27, 2012, 12:30 PM
The Collector agrees to meet seven protestors though he had objected to one of them earlier.Dr R C Ramalingam of the Tisayanvalai Primary Health centre said he had advised officials that they needed immediate hospitalisation but the agitators were not cooperating. The medical team had submitted its report to the district collector and it was for the officials to take a decision, Ramalingam said.
March 26, 2012, 06:00 PM
Satish Kumar and Vanni Arasu are together at Tiruchi Jail, along with Mugilan and the 178 others that were picked up on 19th after their road-side protest in Koottapuly. All are well. Today, the lawyers moved bail applications for Satish and Vanni Arasu. The magistrate failed to show up in court. However, the applications were accepted, and we have been asked to keep 6 sureties each ready on Wednesday to secure their bail. Mugilan too is keeping well. I will know more about his bail application later on in the day. I will keep you posted about it. In the meantime, Sun TV continues to carry a malicious campaign against Mugilan, Satish and Vanni arasu painting them as terrorists. People are welcome to call or SMS Raja of Sun TV and express their disgust. His number: 9840035050Satish was hurt when he was picked up. Once inside the van, he was blindfolded, and his hands roughly yanked behind his back and tied. Throughout his drive, he was being told by the police that he was going to be bumped off. His lawyers have filed an application for medical examination.
(- Nityanand Jayaraman)
March 26, 2012 1:00 Pm
8th Day of fasting. People are coming in big numbers in Idinthakarai. Hearing on lifting Section 144 in Madras High court today. A delegation team lead by Arch Bishop will meet Jayalalitha today. A Women Satyagrahi (Mrs. Melret) taken to Hospital.
March 25, 2012 6:00 Pm
7th day of hunger-strike. No initiative from government for any dialogue. Health condition of activists deteriorates but morale remains high. PMANE writes a letter to IAEA/AERB and human rights organisations. Protests underway all over India.
March 24, 2012, 01:30 AM
6th day of hunger-strike in Idinthakarai, health of some protesters is deteriorating.
10 activists, arrested on March 19th continue to languish in Kaddalur jail.
Following nationwide protest yesterday to support Koodankulam struggle, the Tamil Nadu ADGP has assured of normal situation at Koodankulam.
March 23, 2012 01:30 AM
Koodankulam Update: 3000 activists arrested in Tirunelveli on their way to Koodankulam, including Vaiko and other Tamil leaders. Arrested activists are kept in Mahalim Kallyana Mandalam, a marriage hall.
March 23, 2012 10:30 AM
5th day of hunger strike, health condition of 15 fasting people is on decline.Some supplies in Idinthakarai have resumed, mainly through sea route.
Smaller opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have organised a collectivemeeting today at Tirunelveli, some of their leaders are expected to go to Idinthakarai. People pouring in at Trinelveli.
Various protests are being organised today all over India in support of the agitating people in Koodankulam, demanding immediate restoration of essential supplies, revocation of Section 144 in the area and resumption of dialogue between the protesters and the government.
March 22, 2012 12:30 AM
Madras High Court orders Tamilnadu Police to ensure uninterrupted access to basic amenities like electricity, food, milk and water for villagers protesting against Koodankulam nuclear power plant. The Tamilnadu police had imposed an illegal embargo on water, food, milk and fuel by blocking roads to put pressure on protestors to give up their hunger strike. 15 villagers, including Pushparayan and Udayakumar, are on their 4th day of their hunger strike. Villagers had relied on supplies brought in through the sea on boats for the last 4 days.The Judges, Chief Justice EQ Iqbal and T.S Sivagnanam have reserved orders on other prayers, including lifting of Section 144 — a prohibitory order against the gathering of more than 4 people — for MondayMarch 22, 2012 11:00 AM
Stalemate in Idinthakarai continues. All essential supplies are disrupted and media entry denied. The Police insisting on ‘surrender’ of S P Udayakumar and other leaders, which the village people have denied.India rising up in protest. Marches/strikes/fasts being planned all over the country. Eminent personalities and intellectuals have come out to support people in their struggle.
A petition filed in Madras High Court to resume essential supplies and let the children write their exams.
March 21, 2012 10:00 AM
Punnikayal, the largest coastal hamlet in Thootikudi district announced boycott of fishing in support of the Koodankulam struggle. Police intimidating them to end boycott, threatening with cut down of public transport.
From Punnikayal to Kootapulli of Nellai, a large area is under siege.
March 21, 2012 10:00 AM
Electricity, Water and Food Supply stopped in Idinthakarai
All roads and sea routes to reach Idinthakarai are blocked. Police personnel forcibly took away mobiles phones and water supply equipments.
School run by Dr. S P Udayakumar damaged badly last night. School bus is also damaged.
There are 8000 children among the 20,000 protesting people in Idinthakarai. Milk supply to the village is also prevented and its affecting the children badly.
Media entry to Idinthakarai is also prevented.
March 20, 2012, 5: 20 PM
From Koodankulam: Police and para-military forces is terrrorising people by marching into the village every two hours and then withdrawing. We are threatened, something must be done to stop this harrassment.
Please contact human rights organisations, judges, ministers and media IMMEDIATELY !!
March 20, 2012, 12: 40 PM
Koodankulam reactors started; 60 police vans in place;
Human Right Activist Dr. Binayak Sen will inaugurate the Anti Nuclear Protest today 5.30PM at Kerala Sahithya Akadami, Thrissur. Please do join with us for the protest against koodamkulam nuclear power plant today 5.30PM at Kerala Sahithya Akadami premises. We are planning to conduct a rally and a public event at Thekke Gopuranada, Thrissur after the Rally. Please do join with us with your friends and colleagues.
March 20, 2012
From Koodankulam: Police spreading rumours that their buses are damaged by villagers and we are pelting stones at them. Please condemn this. They are provoking us and justifying their plans to use force.
Police tried to enter Idinthakarai this morning forcefully, but they went back seeing thousands of people. We expect they will strike back again.
March 20, 2012
Police have arrested 18 more men at Koodankulam last night but nothing happened here at Idinthakarai at night. Some 5,000 women, men and children slept around St. Lourdes Church. Some 185 men and women and their Parish Priest Fr. Suseelan were arrested at Koottapuli village when they sat down by the side of the road protesting against the police peacefully. They are being held at Tirunelveli armed reserve camp. The other group of 9 people including our Struggle Committee members Adv. Sivasubramanian and Rajalingom, arrested yesterday and now charged with sedition including Sections 121, 121A and 153A, has been taken to Tirunelveli also and we do not know where they are being held. In the meantime, Muhilan, another leading activist of PMANE was arrested on his way to Idinthakarai and he is kept at the police headquarters in Tirunelveli.
Police have clamped down Section 144 in our area prohibiting people from congregating in any manner. So no one can walk or move around. Despite this curfew, people keep coming to Idinthakarai by boats and on foot.
There is an unprecedented deployment of police around Koodankulam and it is highly condemnable that the police are harassing the peaceful protesters to this extent. Some 15 of us (8 men and 7 women) including Pushparayan and myself are on indefinite hunger strike here at Idinthakarai demanding:
 the immediate release of our comrades,
 the withdrawal of the Tamil Nadu cabinet resolution,
 a thorough and complete probe of geologists, hydrologists and oceanographers into the safety issues of the Koodankulam nuclear power plant,
 release of the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) signed secretly by the governments of India and Russia on liability in February 2008, and
 conduct safety drills and evacuation drills in the 30-km radius of the Koodankulam project.
There could be public health problems and food shortage in a few days here at Idinthakarai. We appeal to the people of Tamil Nadu to be aware of this assault on the Tamil community. We appeal to the people of India to be mindful of impending nuclear nightmares in our highly and densely populated country such as ours. We appeal to the people of the world to keep a watchful eye on the forceful implementation of a mega-nuclear project on our people without giving us any basic information about the project or conducting any public hearing. They are preparing to load uranium fuel rods into the reactor without conducting any safety or evacuation drills. This kind of Fascist development is taking our country to another round of New East India Companies and Neo-colonialism. God Save India!
Please do everything you possibly can to condemn this police harassment and nuclear madness and to express your solidarity.
People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy