Tirunelveli (TN): Acting tough against anti-
nuclear activists demanding closure of the Kudankulam Nuclear
Power Plant, five key functionaries of a body spearheading the
movement against KNPP were arrested at the plant site on Monday.
Police said one of those arrested was the legal advisor of
People`s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, spearheading the
movement against KNPP, while the others were `instrumental in
instigating the locals against the plant`.
Meanwhile, PMANE chief convenor RB Udhayakumar began an
indefinite fast at Indinthakarai village today, demanding
closure of the plant and that it should not be commissioned
without proper disaster management training to the locals.
He also demanded release of those arrested today.
Police said cases were registered against nine persons,
including those arrested, under sections of IPC, for holding
demonstrations without permission, preventing KNPP plant
officials from discharging their duty and blocking roads.
In another development, thousands of people from
Idindhakarai village today blocked the entrance of the plant,
demanding release of those arrested.
Sources close to Udhayakumar said all the villagers would
court arrest if those arrested were not released.
Valliyur DSP Staneley Jose said that efforts are on to
persuade the agitators to disperse and warned that all those
trying to block entry of KNPP workers would be arrested.
Top police officials are camping at the site of KNPP,
where a strong police contingent has been deployed.
"We have deployed police inside and outside the plant. Any
harm to the employees or to the plant will be viewed very
seriously and severe action will be taken," an official said,
speaking on condition of anonymity.