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Updated: March 21, 2012 17:05 IST

Anti-nuke activists continue fast, police maintain strict vigil

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Criticising the police action, including arrest of ten activists, S.P. Udayakumar, convener of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, spearheading the stir and observing the fast, said they were all prepared to be arrested. File photo
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Criticising the police action, including arrest of ten activists, S.P. Udayakumar, convener of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, spearheading the stir and observing the fast, said they were all prepared to be arrested. File photo

Police and paramilitary personnel maintained strict vigil as tension prevailed at Idinthakarai, the epicentre of the stir against Kudankulam nuclear power plant, with anti-nuclear agitators continuing their indefinite fast on Wednesday protesting the state Cabinet’s decision to go ahead with the project.

Police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in strength in areas around Kudankulam as security has been stepped up after Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced the Cabinet’s decision to go ahead with the project on Monday.

Criticising the police action, including arrest of ten activists, S.P. Udayakumar, convener of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, spearheading the stir and observing the fast, said they were all prepared to be arrested.

“If police want to arrest us, let them arrest all of us here. All of us here are overstepping the law, so let them arrest all of us. It is not appropriate to arrest one or two of us. We are all prepared to be arrested,” he told reporters.

Officials denied reports that supply of milk and vegetables to some villages in the area had been stopped.

Media personnel were stopped from venturing into Idinthakarai earlier in the day, but were later allowed.

Work at the Kudankulam nuclear plant was at a standstill following eight month-long protests by locals spearheaded by PMANE.

After the state Cabinet gave its nod on Monday, work at the Indo-Russian nuclear project started in full swing with officials expressing hope that the first unit would be commissioned “as soon as possible”.

Prohibitory orders imposed in the area since Monday are still in force and over 32 battalions of Tamil Nadu Special Police, four companies of Rapid Action Force of the Central Industrial Security Force deployed.

The Centre and the State must respect the feelings of the local people who live around the plant. Government need to address the peoples fears and anxieties about the safety and security of thier future due to this Nuke Plant. In case of any man or machine-made disaster or natural calamitie in this Nk-Plant ultimately these people will be paying the price for it.

from:  Fr.Jayaseelan ofm
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 00:30 IST

What a shame? What a shame! Where is human decency? The government with all its might cornering so called handful of people! Is there that many people against that needs a whole army to control? Why does the government which is supposedly protecting the masses turning against it? Do they want to go ahead with this with the blood of these people over their hands? It it going to be a Julian Wala Bag or Hitlers Holocaust or a peaceful ending?

from:  Bob
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 19:43 IST

It is unfortunate to note that the govts. are treating the agitating people like the terrorists. The months-long fasting/agitations did not pave way for any unlawful activities. Till date, they are struggling in a democratic way. Is it a crime - in a democratice form - to protest against the govts. in a peaceful way? Depolying of militery/police personals and imposing of 144 etc. show the arrogant activities of the govts. What a shame.

from:  P. Sukumar
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 19:10 IST

We strongly condemn the arrogance of Jayalalitha and her police force. Cutting the supply of milk and vegetables to the villages of Koodankulam and other villages is inhuman. The right to live peacefully; safely is the legitimate the rights of the villages. They are not waging war against GOI; don't foist cases falsely on the poor villagers. They are leading a struggle against the dangers of humanity. They haven't annexed wealth disproportionate to their income. They depend on their hard work. Don't crush the protesters like a dicatator! Withdraw the police deployment and halt the nuclear power plant at Koodankulam!

from:  jeaseelan
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 17:23 IST
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