N-plant protests intensify, 4 hurt in police action
Police action on protesting villagers sitting on dharna 100 feet away from the main entrance of the Kuduankulam Nuclear Power Plant on Thursday night left four physically challenged persons injured. HT reports.Updated: Oct 14, 2011 22:00 IST
Police action on protesting villagers sitting on dharna 100 feet away from the main entrance of the Kuduankulam Nuclear Power Plant on Thursday night left four physically challenged persons injured. Condemning the police assault on peacefully protesting villagers, the activists said this only showed the total disregard of the authorities to the plight of the people who were raising genuine fears over their safety.
SP Udaykumar, convener, People Movement Against Nuclear Energy spearheading the protests told Hindustan Times “four physically challenged persons were injured in the assault by them against the police team led by the SP. We tried to take them to the government hospital, but the police there prevented us from admitting them there. So, now they are being treated at a private hospital.”
The police action has further led to hardening of stand by the protestors, who now number close to 10,000 swarming the Idinthakarai village, that is close to the KKNP site.
“Today not a single vehicle was allowed to enter the premises of the plant,” Udaykumar said as protestors blocked roads leading to the nuclear facility. “Maybe few, 200 to 300 North Indian workers are inside the plant. But most of the workers and scientists have not been allowed go to work.”
R Selvaraj, collector, Tirunelveli district where the plant is located some 650 km south of Chennai, denied the allegations that physically challenged persons were hurt. “The situation is tense but under control,” he said.
The security of the Nuclear Power plant is managed by the CISF and no additional deployment has been made since the second wave of protests began six days ago. The senior police officials, the collector were busy in a meeting with the top brass of KKNP officials in the afternoon as protestors continued their seize of the plant.
First Published: Oct 14, 2011 14:22 IST