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S P Udayakumar, coordinator of the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), who had gone underground on September 11, resurfaced in Koothankuli village in Tamil Nadu today and addressed the media where he declared the people of Idinthakarai would lay siege to the nuclear power plant in Kudankulam.
Udayakumar, who has been issued a non-bailable arrest warrant, said a decision would be taken on laying siege to the plant tomorrow at a meeting at Idinthikarai, according to a statement issued by PMANE.
“Today, Kudankulam and Vairavikinaru have been looted and are suffering. Women are scared to come out of their houses. Is this democracy?” he asked. “The community members have decided to meet at Idinthakarai. Since the government has been silent and not responded to the people’s demands, the community has decided to lay siege to the Kudankulam nuclear power plant.”
He also condemned the Tamil Nadu police action in stopping Kerala’s Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan from entering Idinthakarai.
His associate Thomas Kocheri told Business Standard Udayakumar today spoke to various media persons for the first time after his disappearance. He cannot come out now as there is a non-bailable arrest warrant against him.
“He (Udayakumar) said the main objective of his statements today was to criticise the prevention of Achuthananthan from entering Idinthakarai and from showing solidarity with the protests against the nuclear power plant. He (Achuthananthan) gave a strong statement which spoke against nuclear plants anywhere in the world, Kocheri said.
The PMANE statement quoted Udayakumar in its statement as saying: “The Kerala legislative assembly opposition leader was travelling to Idinthakarai to extend his support to the anti-nuclear protest. But, the Tamil Nadu police stopped him at Kaliyakkavilai border. This action of the police is condemnable.”
“On behalf of the struggle committee, we request him to come back, exercise his right and extend his support to the protesting people,” he said.