Koodankulam town tense after PMANE siege plan
By Express News Service - TIRUNELVELI
09th September 2012 08:24 AM
Tension gripped Idinthakarai and surrounding hamlets on Saturday as the authorities started preparations to load fuel in units I and II of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant on Sunday and PMANE deciding to lay siege to the plant protesting the move. Amid indications of the protest turning violent, the district police authorities have chalked out a bandobust plan, deploying 4,000 police personnel, including Rapid Action Force (RAF), around the plant.
Meanwhile, Idinthakarai and Koothankuzhi Village Committees have allegedly announced Rs 5 lakh solatium to the kin of the deceased, in case of any causalities during the protest organised by PMANE on Sunday. The announcement has raised many eyebrows.
But an email received by Express from PMANE functionary Pushparayan refuted the allegation and said that it was just a rumour.
S P Udayakumar, the co-ordinator of PMANE has announced that villagers would come out of the hamlet and lay siege to the KKNPP on Sunday, protesting the decision to start fuel loading.
Following this announcement police picketing was intensified in and around Idinthakarai and more than 4,000 policemen have been deployed.
China, Pakistan could target K-plant: Vaiko
The live nucelar reactor at Kudankulam may turn out to be a target for China and Pakistan if relations between the countries sour, said MDMK chief Vaiko. He was speaking at a press meet organised by the ‘May 17 Movement’ in solidarity with the anti-KKNPP struggle in Chennai on Saturday.He said deploying police forces at a place where people are fighting in a Gandhian way is to create panic.
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