Tirunelveli: Insisting on their demand
for closure of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, anti-KNPP
groups on Saturday staged a demonstration here and announced plans
for similar protests in all coastal districts of Tamil Nadu on
November 21 coinciding with World Fishermen Day.
MDMK leader Vaiko threw his weight behind the protest by
taking part in the relay fast by the locals at Idinthakarai
which entered the 19th day today and claimed the Indo-Russian
power project was `detrimental` to the interests of the people
of southern districts.
Inaugurating the demonstration organised here by the
People`s Movement Against Atomic Energy, Tirunelveli Roman
Catholic Bishop Judge Paulraj rejected reports that the church
was behind the ongoing protest and said it was being held by
"the whole society concerned at the safety of human beings" of
Koodankulam and nearby villages.
Movement leader SP Udhayakumar said the protest would be
extended to more areas of the state to create awareness about
their safety concerns.
A demonstration would be held in Villupuram on November 8
and in Puducherry the next day. Besides, similar
demonstrations would be held in all the coastal districts of
the state on November 21, he added.