Anti-Kudankulam activists administered saline

The anti-nuclear activists observing an indefinite fast demanding scrapping of KNPP were administered saline solution as their stir entered the day 6.

Tirunelveli: The anti-nuclear activists observing an indefinite fast demanding scrapping of Kudankulam nuclear power plant were administered saline solution intravenously as their stir entered the sixth day on Saturday.

The medical intervention was made at the fast venue in Idinthakarai after a team of doctors from Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital examined the 15 agitators, including People`s Movement Against Nuclear Energy coordinator S P Udayakumar, spearheading the protest against the project, officials said.

Doctors had yesterday said the protesters might have to be shifted to hospital if their condition deteriorated.

The core group of agitators are on the fast since Tamil
Nadu Government on March 19 gave its go ahead for the
commissioning of the Indo-Russian project, work on which had
remained stalled since September last following protests by
the locals citing safety concerns.

Meanwhile, ADGP (Law and Order) S George today reviewed
the security arrangements in and around Kudankulam.

Speaking to reporters at Kudankulam, he said police had
been deployed in the area only to instill confidence in the
minds of public and maintain law and order and they would
never harass or cause inconvenience to the villagers.

"We will not arrest any public. Only those facing cases
will be arrested. We will not harass public. Once law and
order becomes normal, police will be withdrawn," he said.

To a question when Udayakumar, slapped with charges
including sedition and waging war against the country, would
be arrested, George said he "cannot say when it will happen."

Meanwhile, the state "Q" Branch police, which deals with
extremist elements, last evening arrested Tamil Nadu Youth
Resurgent Forum leader Satish when he was present at a
marriage hall where MDMK chief Vaiko and others were lodged
after their arrest for attempting to proceed to Idinthakarai
to express solidarity with anti-nuclear activists.

Police said Satish had links to Naxalite groups and more
than 15 cases were pending against him.

Q Branch police also arrested Viduthalai Chiruthaigal
Katchi spokesperson Vanni Arasu at Rajapalayam in Virudhunagar
district for bid to proceed to Idinthakarai, where ban orders
are in force, to support the anti-KNPP protest.


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