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Anti-nuke protest: Situation in Kudankulam returns to normal

Press Trust of India
Sep 30, 2012 at 01:52am IST

Kudankulam (TN): Situation has returned to normal in and around Kudankulam including nearby Idindhakarai, which witnessed heightened protests against loading of fuel in the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant a few days ago, officials claimed on Saturday.

Buses were being operated in all the sensitive areas though police have been posted to monitor the situation. The services were disrupted since September 10 after anti-nuclear activists intensified their stir, protesting against authorities clearance for loading of fuel.

Officials said fishermen from Idinthakarai and surrounding areas would resume fishing from tomorrow. Anti-nuclear activists had on Saturday given a call to lay siege to the coastal areas but the call did not evoke much response, officials said.

Situation in Kudankulam returns to normal

The first unit was scheduled to be commissioned last December but had been delayed by the protests by locals on safety concerns.

The protesters undertook a 'graveyard protest' on September 25 to seek their forefathers' blessings for success of their stir against filling of uranium fuel in the plant.

The stir, spearheaded by the Peoples Movement Against Nuclear Energy, took a violent turn on September 10, leading to the death of a fishermen in police firing in Tuticorin district.

On September 13, PMANE activists stepped up their protest against KNPP by standing in sea water forming a human chain off nearby Idinthakarai coast.

The first unit was scheduled to be commissioned last December but had been delayed by the protests by locals on safety concerns.

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