“Documents reveal links with anti-Kudankulam protests”

Documents seized from a German national, who was detained from a private lodge here on Sunday, indicate his links with the anti-Kudunkulam Nuclear Power Project movement, according to highly placed sources.

The combined midnight operation was carried out by the personnel of Central and State intelligence agencies, along with the local police.

According to the sources, a combined intelligence team from Chennai, which came to Nagercoil three days ago, watched the movements of the German national.

They found out that his name was R. Sonnaty and that he occupied the room on February 12, from the reception counter of the lodge opposite Sethu Lakshmi Bai Government Higher Secondary School on Court Road. The team also seized a laptop from him.

Tight-lipped

The sources said that he has been taken to Chennai for further interrogation.

The German national's stay in one of the lesser known lodges at Nagercoil raised many questions among the police, who were tight-lipped about his detention.

When contacted over phone, Superintendent of Police, Pravesh Kumar, told The Hindu that he was not supposed to disclose anything about the incident.

However, he confirmed the midnight operation and the subsequent detention.

“Not able to recollect his name”

Convenor of Anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project Struggle Committee, S.P. Udayakumar, told a press conference in Tirunelveli that he was not aware of any such arrest. A German national had met him about 18 months back and discussed the sporadic anti-nuclear protests across the country. Mr. Udayakumar said that he could not recollect the German national's name.