Suspending their anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project agitation for a day on Saturday, protesters brought water from the sea and cleaned the St. Lourdes Church, “desecrated by the police on Monday.”

They claimed that the police, who entered Idinthakarai after the clash on the beach, desecrated the church and “damaged the statue of Holy Mother Mary.”

After the cleaning was completed, special adoration was conducted in the church.

The protesters refused to accept the body of A. Sahayaraj, who died on Friday after sustaining head injury during the ‘jal satyagraha’.

Even as the police filed a case under Section 174 of Criminal Procedure Code (suspicious death), the protesters, alleging that the victim, scared by Indian Coast Guard aircraft flying at low-level, fell on a granite boulder, sustained injuries and died, demanded the registration of a case of murder against the pilot.

“We’ll not accept the body till a murder case is registered against the pilot,” they said.

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