The long-running agitation against the Jaitapur nuclear power complex — the world's largest — hardened after the nuclear crisis in Japan and stoked by the Shiv Sena, took a violent turn on Monday, claiming its first victim.
Tabrez Sayekar, 30, resident of a fishing village in Ratnagiri district, was killed when the police opened fired on a mob of 700 villagers that vandalised the local police station and torched a police van. Four locals were injured in the protests, and 60 were arrested.
The state cabinet however decided to go ahead with the nuclear poer complex that would generate 9,900 megawatts of power. The Sena has called for a Ratnagiri bandh on Tuesday.
The proposed complex will have six reactors obtained from French company Areva. Each of them will generate 1,650 megawatts of electricity. While the reactors will be built on 700 hectares of land, the remaining land will be used for staff utilities. Of the 2,388 families that will be affected, only 40 have accepted compensation.
The environment ministry gave its approval to the plant in December 2010, with 35 riders.