Activist groups fear rights violation in Kudankulam area, where police have been heavily deployed to curb protests against State government's green signal to the project.

Seeking release of all those arrested by the police in and around Kudankulam area, Pon Chandran of Peoples Movement against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) said in a release that struggle committee members were being arrested and were being charged with offences such as sedition.

The struggle committee members or the family were not being told of the place of detention of those arrested. Mr. Chandran condemned the “large scale deployment of police personnel, and intimidation and harassment of protestors”.

Mr. Chandran demanded the immediate release of those arrested, withdrawal of the Cabinet resolution giving green signal for the nuclear plant and extending cooperation, release of the Inter-Governmental Agreement signed by Governments of Russia and India on liability in February 2008 besides conducting safety and evacuation drills in the 30-km radius of the Kudankulam plant.

V.P. Sarathi of Coimbatore Human Rights Forum (CHRF) said the developments in and around Kudankulam indicated an imminent threat to right to peaceful public assembly and freedom of expression.

Heavy deployment of police force and restriction on movement of people heightened fear of rights violation, Mr. Sarathi said.

People were worried about their safety, following the Tamil Nadu government's decision to go ahead with the commissioning of nuclear plant.

The CHRF appealed to the State to exercise restraint while dealing with people and protestors.

  • They seek release of arrested protesters

  • Condemn large scale deployment of police personnel