Normal life is returning to the hamlets around the KKNPP site on Wednesday, two days after the clash between protesters against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project and the police,

Tourist vehicles from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram could be seen in large numbers on East Coast Road that remained deserted since Monday. However, operation of transport corporation buses on this route remained suspended as they were being operated through alternative routes.

After the police arrested those who damaged public property and threatened vehicles passing through the ECR on Monday and Tuesday, private vehicles began to use the road without any problem.

Attendance in schools increased substantially. However, the conduct of quarterly examinations in schools at Idinthakarai was partly affected, officials here said.

Almost all shops at Kudankulam remained closed. Police personnel deployed at important junctions on the East Coast Road had been retained to instil confidence in people. The Indian Coast Guard, which has deployed two ships and a boat off the coast between Idinthakarai and Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project site, pressed into service its Dornier aircraft for surveillance over the entire coastal region between Tuticorin and Kanyakumari.

Neither the police nor the agitators gave details about the whereabouts of protest coordinator S.P. Udayakumar, who was taken by away by a group on Tuesday. A top police official said those who instigated the violence would be arrested, but did not say whether he meant Mr. Udayakumar.