Environment protection groups and people's organisations observed candlelight vigil near the Gandhi statue in front of the GVMC main office here on Saturday evening in respect of the victims of blasts in the Fukushima atomic reactor in Japan on March 11 last year.

The participants regretted that in spite of several accidents to atomic and nuclear power plants and installations all over the world and even advanced countries struggling to contain the damage due to such incidents, Central government and States were keen to establish nuclear power plants and mining of uranium.

Movement for People-Centred Development distributed stickers on the damage done due to Fukushima blasts and many college students collected them.

Among those who participated in the candlelight vigil were convenor of Dalita Vikumit S.V. Ramana, convenor of MPCD J.V. Ratnam, president of APCLC district unit T. Sreerama Murthy, K. Padma of Mahila Chetana, secretary of district unit of Human Rights Forum K. Anuradha, president of Praja Nastika Samajam Jeedi Sarayya, convenor of Struggle Committee Against Privatisation P.V. Ramana, convenor of Coastal Corridor Nirmana Vytireka Committee K.S. Chalam and others.