Protest against proposed power plant: 2 die in police firing

Two persons were killed and five injured when police opened fire to control villagers protesting against setting up of a thermal power plant in Andhra Pradesh`s Srikakulam district.

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2011, 18:36 PM IST

Visakhapatnam: Two persons were killed
and five injured when police opened fire to control villagers
protesting against setting up of a thermal power plant in
Andhra Pradesh`s Srikakulam district on Monday.

"Two persons were killed and five sustained injuries
in the incident at Vadditandra village," said Srikakulam SP K
V V Gopal Rao, adding some several policemen were also hurt.

The situation at the project site where East Coast
Energy Pvt Ltd is developing a 2,640 MW Super Critical Coal
fired power project in Santhabommali Mandal continues to be
tense for the past two days after the policemen disrupted the
fast undertook by some fishermen and villagers on Saturday.
Police said they had to open fire on the agitators as
a rescue measure when the situation went out of control due to
the heavy stone pelting from protestors.

"We asked the local police not use real bullets. We
told them to use rubber bullets to lower the intensity. The
agitators attacked police with sticks and rods. There was
tension in that area. We will investigate the issue," DGP
Aravinda Rao told reporters in Hyderabad.

This is second such incident in the district in
which people were killed in police firing during protests
against setting up of power plants in the coastal area.
Three persons were killed in police firing when a
large group of farmers and fishermen, protested against
setting up of the power plant by the NCC last July.

ECEPL said the project received all mandatory and
regulatory clearances.

"There are no Relocation & Rehabilitation (R&R)
issues with the project. In compliance with NEAA (National
Environment Appellate Authority) order, the construction
activity for the power plant within the project site is
limited to 1317 acres including green belt," the company said.

Meanwhile, Opposition Telugu Desam, CPI and Lok Satta
condemned the police firing on the villagers.

Terming it as unfortunate, TDP chief N Chandrababu
Naidu said public opinion should be taken into consideration
while taking projects.

Demanding action against the policemen responsible
for firing, CPI State Secretary K Narayana said the police
camps in the villages should be wound up immediately.

PTI