The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Tuesday strongly condemned the police firing at people protesting against the Jaitapur nuclear power project. It demanded adequate compensation for the kin of the deceased and those injured in the firing.

In a statement, the party said the local people had opposed the location of the plant in their area and refused to accept the forceful acquisition of their lands.

It said the Jaitapur power project to be set up with imported machinery from the French company Areva were reactors based on the European Pressurised Reactor technology.

“Such reactors have not been commissioned for operation anywhere else in the world yet. There are questions about the reliability and safety of these reactors,” the Polit Bureau said. In the light of the crisis that had developed in some nuclear power reactors in Japan, the Jaitapur project should be halted immediately.