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Kundankulam protesters eye TN Assembly

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Mon, Oct 29, 2012 09:30 hrs
Kudankulam Row: Protest stepped up outside TN Assembly

Chennai: At least 2000 protesters were stopped and several of them were arrested on Monday when they tried to lay siege outside the Tamil Nadu Assembly to protest against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in the state.

The protesters demanded the closure of India's largest nuclear power project at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.

The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) has supported Monday's Assembly siege protest.

PMK founder leader S Ramadoss had said in a statement on Sunday: "Activists of People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy have planned to siege the Assembly tomorrow (Monday) insisting their demand. PMK cadres would take part in the protest."

On Sept 22, about 60 km away from ground zero at Tuticorin, fishermen and villagers had first laid a siege to the port to demand halt in fuel loading in the plant.

The protest against India's largest nuclear power project at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu reached a flash point in recent months as the police and protesters clashed near the plant since Sept 10 while one person died in police firing in a neighbouring district.

The villagers and fishermen led by People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) are protesting the plant fearing that it might cause a nuclear catastrophe like Japan's Fukushima after an earthquake.

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