Non-bailable warrant against Udayakumar

Last Updated: Tue, Sep 18, 2012 21:03 hrs

A Tamil Nadu court on Tuesday issued a non-bailable warrant against anti-nuclear activist S. P. Udayakumar, who is leading protests against the Kudankulam plant in the south Indian state.

Udayakumar´s wife Meera Udayakumar said her husband has done no harm and all the charges against him are ´false´.

"I know these are false charges. He hasn´t done any harm. Hopefully everything will turn out to be fine," Meera told CNN-IBN.

"He is fighting for the right cause, so naturally we are worried about him and afraid for him," she said.

People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) leader Udayakumar has remained untraceable since Sept 11.

Pertinently, the activist last week said he would surrender before the police on Sept 11 in the presence of a ´prominent´ non-political national leader.

But he did not surrender and his supporters took him to an undisclosed location.

Anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal, who joined the raging protest against the nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu´s Kudankulam last week, on Sept 12 said he had met the protest leader and "persuaded him not to surrender."

The protest against India´s largest nuclear power project at Kudankulam reached a flash point on Sept 10 as the police and protesters clashed near the plant daylong while one person died in police firing in Tuticorin.

Protesters began gathering since Sept 9 near the Kudankulam nuclear plant to demonstrate against the loading of enriched uranium fuel in the plant.

Police on Sept 10 fired tear gas shells to disperse protesters in order to control the massive agitation in Kudankulam as the agitationists found their way to the plant and later jumped into the sea to escape police action.

A group of locals and fishermen, led by activist organisations like PMANE and its leader S P Udayakumar, raised a protest movement against the Kudankulam Atomic Power Project coming up in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.

While India´s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said these protests are funded by foreign entities, the local groups denied the charge.

Villagers had first started the protest against the KNPP last year, resorting to hunger strikes and later continued with the agitation in various forms against the nuclear plant.

Even though India's Department of Atomic Energy had cleared the Rs 13,000-crore project, locals and environmental organisations, including Greenpeace, have raised concerns over the project´s use of purportedly risky Russian technology.

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