Koodankulam Protest: Scores arrested, strike continues against N – Plant

KOODANKULAM – In a preventive measure, Tamil Nadu Police have started arresting the people protesting against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant. In a sudden move local police have arrested several protestors from last two days and five people today.

The People of Koodankulam are demanding union Government to stop the setting up of dangerous Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant project and to reconsider the decision of establishing Nuclear Power Plant at various places across the nation.

Speaking to newzfirst, S.P.Udayakumar of People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) said, “The local police have been harassing and hounding the public. They have been arresting people at Koodankulam since day before yesterday to stop the massive hunger strike planned for September 11, 2011 at Idinthakarai village.”

Since the arresting spree of the Tamil Nadu police continues and have arrested five people this morning, the Koodankulam women have plunged into action. They are blocking the traffic on the main road near the Koodankulam bus stand.

To withdraw the blockade, women have placed demand before the police for the immidiate release of arrested people. They are also asking the police to give permission in writing to undertake the hunger strike at Idinthakarai village tomorrow. People in Koodankulam are ringing the bells in churches and Hindu temples to gather more people.

We do not know what the police is up to right now. We earnestly hope they would not unleash any violence on the women protesters, said Udayakumar expressing the apprehensions.

It is learnt that the police is insisting that five key people of the movement should go to the Koodankulam police station for talks and threatening to foist serious cases on the women protesters.

“There is so much tension in and around Koodankulam. The police is determined to foil the hunger strike planned for tomorrow. We are protesting peacefully and not engaged in violence so far. And it is our constitutional right. There was no need of show of force” he said.

The People of Koodankulam are embarking on a relay hunger strike from August 17, 2011 and protest rallies and agitations are being carried out various parts of the southern tip of India.

Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant is expected to be commissioned in the month of December this year.


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