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Russian atomic engineer robbed in TN

IANS  Chennai, August 04, 2009
First Published: 12:52 IST(4/8/2009) | Last Updated: 12:53 IST(4/8/2009)

A group of miscreants robbed a Russian atomic engineer's camera and misbehaved with his daughter at a beach in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli district, officials said on Tuesday.

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Alexander V Chernov, who works in the upcoming nuclear power plant in Kudankulam, and his daughter were walking on the beach Sunday when a seven-member gang assaulted them.

The miscreants, all aged below 20, misbehaved with the Russian girl and snatched Chernov's Canon camera and fled.

Police officials told IANS that a search is on for the culprits on the basis of a complaint filed by the Chernov.

The Russian engineer is staying in the AnuVijay residential colony where employees of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project live.

According to officials of the power project, there are over 100 Russian engineers working at the Kudankulam nuclear power project.

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) is working on the 2x1000 MW project with Russian technical assistance.

The first unit is expected to be commissioned early next year.

As per the deal between India and Russia, two more reactors of similar or even slightly higher capacity will come up at Kudankulam.


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