TAMIL NADU

Petition for, against KKNPP

: Representatives from various organisations and the villages, opposing the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, separately submitted petitions during the weekly grievance day meeting held here on Monday seeking the unconditional dropping of all cases filed against the anti-nuke activists and immediate release of anti-KKNPP protestors arrested during the ongoing agitations and subsequently lodged in the prisons.

At the same time, functionaries of the Congress and the Hindu Munnani submitted petitions to District Revenue Officer P. Uma Maheshwari chairing the grievance day meeting in the absence of Collector R. Selvaraj, who was away in Chennai for a meeting with the Chief Secretary.

The KKNPP supporters, in their petitions, demanded the immediate commissioning of the first reactor and the arrest of anti-KKNPP Struggle Committee convener S.P. Udayakumar and his associates, all based at Idinthakarai now and spearheading the protest.

The KKNPP supporters said Tamil Nadu, which was facing acute power crisis for the past several years and consequently facing huge productivity loss, could be bailed out only with the early commissioning of the first reactor of KKNPP.

Hence, the Tamil Nadu Government should take firm steps to ensure the immediate commissioning of KKNPP.

“ State Government should arrest anti-nuke protestors without delay,” said V.P. Jayakumar, vice-president of Hindu Munnani.

On the other hand, the anti-nuke organisations and the villagers, mostly from coastal hamlets, said they were opposing the KKNPP as it would wipe out their livelihood in case of any mishap in the nuclear reactor.

Those who submitted petitions against the KKNPP included a few political parties, including Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and some more organisations.

When the anti-nuke activists led by Dr. Udayakumar and the HM functionaries led by Mr. Jayakumar came to the Collectorate a few months ago to submit petition, it led to a scuffle between two sides.

Hence, the police had mad elaborate security arrangements on Monday in and around the Collectorate.

Tuticorin

KKNPP should be commissioned immediately and made operational, a group of Hindu Munnani Activists, who thronged the Tuticorin Collectorate on Monday, said. According to a petition submitted to the Collector, K.K. Ponnaiya, State Joint Coordinator, Hindu Munnani, said the state government must arrest Dr. Udayakumar and his team.

Those arrested earlier with the Kudankulam issue should not be released since tension was prevailing in the vicinity of Kudankulam.

State government should not withdraw any case against them, he said.

Nagercoil

Office-bearers of Dalit Liberation Movement led by the State joint general secretary S. Karuppiha extended their support to Kudunkulam protestors.

They have decided to participate in the agitation to be held in Chennai on October 28.

Meanwhile, People’s Movement Against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project staged a demonstration at Thuckalay on Sunday to urge the Government to find an early solution to their demands including immediate withdrawal of false cases foisted against the Kudankulam protestors.

The district president of Janata Dal, Arul Raj led the agitation.

The activists of People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy led by co-ordinator Michael submitted a petition to the Collector S. Nagarajan urging the Government to withdraw police forces deployed in Kudankulam, Vairavikinaru, Idinthakarai and Kavalkinaru.

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