Hospital attacked as Jaitapur N-plant protest turns violent
Incidents of violence were reported on Tuesday from Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district where the Shiv Sena called a shutdown to protest the police firing in which one person was killed while opposing the 9,900 MW Jaitapur nuclear power project, police said.mumbai Updated: Apr 19, 2011 15:15 IST
Stray incidents of violence were reported on Tuesday from Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district where the Shiv Sena called a shutdown to protest the police firing in which one person was killed while opposing the 9,900 MW Jaitapur nuclear power project, police said.
Some Sena activists pelted stones, shattered the glass of public transport buses and blocked the Ratnagiri-Kolhapur highway by dumping burning tyres on it, police said. In some places, they also deflated tyres of buses and trucks that were attempting to ply.
The mob attacked the district hospital and damaged its postmortem wing in Ratnagiri besides setting on fire some state transport buses and other vehicles, officials said.
Konkan Bachao Samiti chief Vaishali Patil said the shutdown was "total and spontaneous".
The entire district -- including tourist hotspots like Chiplun, Kelshi, Dapoli and the district headquarter Ratnagiri, besides small villages like Nate, Madhban and Jaitapur as well as the picturesque beaches dotting the coastal district -- wore a deserted look and all shops and establishments remained shut on Tuesday.
With the Opposition sharpening its attack on the ruling Democratic Front (DF) government over the proposed Power Project in Jaitapur, the leader of opposition in legislative Assembly Eknath Khadse demanded a judicial probe into yesterday's police firing in which one person was killed.
Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said that the DF government will have to pay a "heavy price" for
"It is time for chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to pack up and go home," Thackeray said. Tavrez Sejkar was yesterday killed in police firing at Sakhrinate village when around 600-700 locals protesting against the project, attacked the local police station.
The project with six nuclear rectors of 1,600 MW each would be one of the largest N-power projects in the world.