The Federation of People Against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project has appealed to the State government to order the immediate withdrawal of police force from Idinthakarai, the hub of anti-Kudankulam protest.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, the convenor of the federation, ‘Kolathur' Mani, alleged that the State government, whose Cabinet had passed a resolution saying that the Kudankulam plant should become operational only after allying people's fears, had now resorted to repressive measures to put the project on stream. He said that all the expert panels formed to study the safety of the project did not meet the people.

Instead of attempting to ally the fears of people, the government had mobilised police force in strength to threaten them.

The fears were over radiation and nuclear waste disposal and only scientific explanation would convince the people, instead of explanations on the buildings' structural stability.

Mr. Mani claimed that movement of essential commodities, including milk and food, was banned and the villages around Idinthakarai had turned into “open prisons.”

A rally would be taken out from Palayamkottai on March 23 to Idinthakarai, demanding the closure of the Kudankulam plant, Mr. Mani said.