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Sep 11, 2012 at 02:14pm IST

Kudankulam protest leaders likely to court arrest

Kudankulam: The village of Kudankulam remained tense on Tuesday as the stand-off between anti-nuclear plant villagers and police continues. Reports say the leader of the protest SP Udayakumar and a few others are likely to court arrest later in the day.

Anti-nuclear protesters continued with their relay fast at the epicentre of protests, condemning the action against anti-KNPP activists. Tens of thousands of protesters spent the night camping in open against the nuclear plant. They are opposing the loading of uranium at the reactor, which could take place on Tuesday.

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The agitation had turned violent on Monday when one person was killed in police firing when protesters tried to attack a police station at Manapad in Tuticorin district.

The year-long agitation, confined to Indinthakarai and nearby villages, spilled over to neighbouring Tuticorin district and was intensified after authorities announced loading of uranium fuel in the plant.

Police had also resorted to lathicharge and firing of teargas shells yesterday as the seashore in Indinthakarai village turned into a battlefield with clashes between protesters and police.

Slamming the police action, PMANE had on Monday launched a 48-hour relay fast against it.

(With additional information from PTI)