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Sep 09, 2012 at 02:50pm IST

Tamil Nadu: Protesters begin march to Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant

Idinthakarai: As hundreds of protesters gathered in Idinthakarai to carry out a peaceful march to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, police blocked all main roads to the plant.

The tight security arrangements by the police have, however, failed to deter the protesters who said if the police would stop them, they will sit down and protest.

Police said around 400 Rapid Action Force personnel besides 2,000 state police personnel are on security duty in view of the picketing call given by People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) as part of its intensified protest against the KNPP, which is set to be commissioned soon with the nod being given for loading of fuel in the first reactor.

They said Section 144 of CrPC has been promulgated in a seven km radius of Kudankulam and IG of Police (South) Rajesh Doss and Tirunelveli DIG Varadaraj along with six Superintendent of Police are monitoring the situation in and around Kudankulam.

RAF personnel would guard the main entrance of the KNPP and two entry points to the village. The District Collector along with the Sub-Collector are camping in Kudankulam.

The protesters came back on the roads after the Madras High Court gave a nod to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. They are now planning to move the Supreme Court against the High Court's decision.

"We are appealing to the government of Tamil Nadu and the Government of India to respect the local people's sentiments and abandon the whole project. We will not engage in any kind of violent activity. We are peace loving people," said PMANE coordinator SP Udayakumar.

The first unit of KNPP, an Indo-Russian joint venture, was scheduled for commissioning in December 2011, but was bogged down by delay due to protests against the project.

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