Mumbai: Jaitapur is on the boil again. Shiv Sena's day long protest in the Madban village against the proposed Nuclear Power Plant prompted a police lathi charge and triggered a mob of 500 to 600 people to attack a police station in the neighbouring Nate village. The mob set the police station on fire and police resorted to firing in defence, killing a 30-year-old protestor.
Ratnagiri's guardian minister Bhaskar Jadhav said, "Police were attacked and in response to that police has to fire. In that firing one tragedy happened."
Shiv Sena has retaliated with a bandh call in the Ratnagiri district on Tuesday.
The Sena's new anti-nuclear plant stands in contrast to India's nuclear tests in 1998 may have been prompted by Env minister Jairam Ramesh's apparent thumbs up to the project, but the fact that the state cong NCP coalition is pushing for the nuclear plant is probably the bigger reason for its apparent interest in the cause of the armed kisan.
Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai said, "A person was shot dead just because he opposed the project, which is not the right approach, so we demand that the incident should be investigated and those found guilty should be punished."
On Friday, Jairam Ramesh had cleared all speculation about his reservations about the project post Tsunami stricken Japan, in a joint press conference with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan perhaps reigniting the string of protests in Jaitapur.