“The stand of government is strongly condemnable”
Condemning the clamping of prohibitory order under Section 144 of Cr. P.C. at Radhapuram taluk in Tirunelveli district, members of the Coastal People Federation in Tuticorin, staged a demonstration.
Many fishermen, who congregated on the premises of Our Lady of Snows Shrine Basilica on Beach Road on Thursday, raised slogans demanding the government to revoke the order immediately and ensure normalcy at Idinthakarai, where there is a massive deployment of police force.
The agitators waved National Flags as well as black flags on the occasion. F. Robert, president, Country Boat Fishermen's Association, Threspuram, said the fishermen and the common people close to the nuclear plant were fighting for their survival. They were struggling to safeguard their livelihoods following the Gandhian principle of ‘non violence'. But it was unfortunate that the Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had adopted a tough measure to suppress the rights of innocent fishermen. “The stand of government is strongly condemnable. More than 10,000 police personnel have encircled 25,000 people at Idinthakarai at gun point”, he said. Over the past three days, the people could not even get water, food and other essential commodities.
“The situation at Idinthakari is similar to the problems encountered by the Tamils in Sri Lanka,” he added. He said a petition seeking withdrawal of police force at Idinthakarai and its neighbouring coastal hamlets, cancellation of cases and release of arrested persons in connection with Kudankulam nuclear plant protests would be handed over to the Collector and Superintendent of Police. At the protest site here, a large banner was put up seeking help to rescue people residing at Idinthakarai.