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TN: Protestors renew anti-Kudankulam agitation

The locals are protesting against the loading of nuclear fuel in the reactors, which is likely to get done over the next few days.

Dakshina Muraleedharan | CNN-IBNdakshinat

Updated:September 10, 2012, 8:38 AM IST
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TN: Protestors renew anti-Kudankulam agitation
The locals are protesting against the loading of nuclear fuel in the reactors, which is likely to get done over the next few days.

Kudankulam: The situation in Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu is tense as locals have renewed their agitation in a big way against the nuclear plant. They are protesting against the loading of nuclear fuel in the reactors, which is likely to get done over the next few days.

Once again, the simmering protest against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant has boiled over to the streets. Villagers tried to march to the plant, but were stopped by the police personnel. The villagers now plan to take the coastal route to lay siege to the plant.

There were tense moments on the coastline of the Idinthakarai village barely a kilometre away from the back side of the Kudankulam plant. The police asked the crowd to disperse but the crowd was not ready to budge until their demands were met.

Activist Udayakumar said, "We are appealing to the government of Tamil Nadu and the government of India to respect the local people's sentiments and abandon the whole project. We will not engage in any kind of violent activity."

As prohibitory orders are in place, the police say any protest, even a peaceful one would be unlawful. But efforts to initiate talks have borne no fruit.

Locals have upped the ante even as the first reactor at the plant is all set to be loaded with uranium fuel. Officials have told CNN-IBN that Atomic Energy Regulatory Board authorities will visit the plant next week to give the final approval. With the Madras High Court also giving its nod to the plant, for the protestors it's a now or never battle.

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