Police say they attacked employees of Kudankulam plant

Two of the 26 persons arrested following the anti-nuke protesters’ attempt to lay siege to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project site have been detained under the provisions of Goondas Act.

They are lodged at the Vellore Central Prison

The order was served on A. Nazaren (40) of Tsunami Colony, Idinthakarai, and S. Lourdusamy at the prison on Saturday.

An official statement from the District Police Office stated that the duo, demanding closure of the KKNPP, threatened and detained the employees of the nuclear reactors and other government staff to prevent them from discharging their duties. They also attacked them with lethal weapons causing injuries.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Valliyoor, N.K. Stanley Jones, said that the duo played an active role in laying siege to the KKNPP site when the four-member State Expert Panel visited the project site on February 17.

They prevented the KKNPP officials, who had been deputed to explain the salient features of the reactors to the experts from entering the site.

‘Attacked police’

As part of a large group of anti-KKNPP protesters, they attacked police and government officials while marching towards the KKNPP premises via the beach on September 10 to lay siege to the project site.

Sources in the police confirmed that a few more anti-KKNPP protesters, who were facing serious charges against them, would also be arrested under the Goondas Act in the days to come.

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