Ignoring protests, Maharashtra government on Tuesday stuck to its guns over the Jaitapur nuclear project, saying it will probe if the agitation was a "pre-planned conspiracy" and ordered a magisterial inquiry into the police firing at the project site that left one dead.
Home Minister RR Patil told the Legislative Assembly in a reply to an adjournment motion on Monday's firing incident at the project site that the government was "open" to discussing the contentious issues surrounding the 9900 MW project and find a way out.
Terming as "unfortunate" the death of Tavrez Sejkar in the police firing, the minister said, "A magisterial enquiry into the incident of firing will be conducted as per the standing orders.
"An enquiry will also be conducted whether the violent protests at the plant site and the attack on Sakhrinate police station (on Monday) were politically motivated and part of a pre-planned conspiracy," Patil said while assuring compensation to the kith and kin of the deceased as well as those injured in the incident.
Vowing to ensure that the project sees the light of the day, Patil said, "This project is fully funded by the central government. The state government is committed to clear the doubts and misunderstandings of the locals and if necessary (will) provide enhanced compensation."
Apart from probing whether the firing could have been avoided, an enquiry into finding out whether there was any political conspiracy behind the protests will also be conducted, he said.
Patil, however, defended the handling of the situation by the police, saying that firing orders were given as a "last resort."