Andhra Pradesh

Protest against power plant turns violent

N Sivashankar Reddy, SP, East Godavari, visits Singampalem village. Photo.S RAMBABU   | Photo Credit: S_RAMBABU

Four civilians and six police personnel sustained injuries when residents of Singampalem village resorted to stone pelting as part of their ongoing agitation against the proposed power plant at Balavaram village of Ranampeta mandal in East Godavari district on Saturday.

Police opened three rounds of fire in the air and clamped Section 144 to bring the situation under control.

Residents of Singampalem, Balavaram and surrounding villages were staging agitations vehemently opposing the proposed power plant and unruly scenes prevailed even during the public hearing on the project last month.

To convince the people, KPR Fertilizers, the firm that was planning the power plant, was taking people in buses to the project site.

On Saturday, when two such buses were moving towards Singampalem village, the residents stopped the buses and resorted to stone pelting.

They did not even spare the buses which belonged to a private educational institution.

The police swung into action and resorted to caning to bring the situation under control. They even opened three rounds of fire and took into custody over two dozens of people.

Deputy Superintendent of Police K. Kumar said that six police personnel sustained injuries during the stone pelting.

It is learnt that four people from the village too were injured in the melee and are undergoing treatment in local private hospitals.

“The situation is under control now,” Mr. Kumar said.

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