Madurai

Police action against protesters condemned

Christians taking out a rally. Photo: G. Moorthy  

Members from various outfits staged demonstrations and road blockades in different locations here on Tuesday in support of the anti-nuke agitators in Kudankulam on Monday.

The Naam Tamilar Iyakkam leader Seeman and his followers were arrested in front of the Railway Junction here, when they attempted to block a train. They shouted slogans against the police for “unleashing violence” against the demonstrators, who were condemning the nuclear project in a democratic manner.

“Even at this stage of filling fuel in the nuclear reactors, the governments can intervene and stop the KKNPP from going critical,” the speakers said.

The Pattali Makkal Katchi president G.K. Mani and his party men staged a demonstration on Scott Road here in the forenoon. They condemned the “unilateral action” of the governments in establishing the KKNPP despite protests from people from different sectors.

The Viduthalai Chiruthai Katchi functionaries also staged a demonstration near Kattabomman statue in Periyar bus stand against the attacks on the anti-nuke protestors in Kudankulam.

The members from Madurai-Ramnad Diocese took out a march holding candles from East Gate to St. Mary’s Church in the evening.

The students from Law College came to the road near the district court area in support of the KKNPP demonstrators. They shouted slogans to drop forthwith the establishment of the nuclear power plant.

The Tamil Desiya Iyakkam and Republican Youth Federation members staged a demonstration and blocked road near Tamukkam area, the police said.

Bandobust

In view of the protests, the Madurai city police had made elaborate arrangements and ensured that there were no untoward incidents, a senior police officer said.

A section of lawyers practising in the Madras High Court Bench here blocked the main road outside the court campus for about 10 minutes in order to condemn the police for having resorted to lathicharge and firing of teargas shells against anti-nuclear protestors at Kudankulam and Idinthakarai in Tirunelveli district on Monday.

Later, a public interest litigation petition was filed in the Bench seeking an enquiry by a retired District Judge into the violent incidents. Human Rights Protection Centre, a non governmental organisation represented by its deputy secretary S. Vanchinathan, had filed the petition which also sought for a direction to the State Government to pay a compensation of Rs.1 lakh each to all those who were injured.


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