Tirunelveli, Sep 11 (): The year-long agitation by the protesters in Kudankulam nuclear plant site went out of control on Monday and still remains to be tense on Tuesday after the protesters indulged in a clash with the police when they tried to stop the functioning of the plant.
The agitators went violent, ran helter-skelter and set ablaze a house in the area. After several warnings, the policemen had to open fire in which a man was killed on Monday. The agitators who have been camping in the beach are also continuing with their hunger strike in the open outside the nuclear plant.
Security has been tightened all over the area after the death of one protester, who became the victim in the firing. The protesters have decided to take a forty-eight hour hunger strike aiming to paralyze the loading of the uranium fuel into the reactor that is likely to be carried on Tuesday.
Entry into the area is strictly prohibited. On Monday, after trying to storm a police station angry mobs also stopped the Mysore Express for an hour while a few others went berserk blocking the national highways, said the police.
Antony John, who became a victim to the police gun was one of the men who set fire to a coastal check post and damaged a coastal police station at Kulasekarapattinam in Tuticorin, said a senior police officer. Tamil Nadu chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has announced a compensation of Rs five lakh to the victim’s family who was killed in the firing.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as well as Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde blamed foreign NGOs for brainwashing the people of the country against the power plant.
The country is still struggling on one end to meet the increasing demand for electricity, which suffers an acute power shortage all over the country. India is aiming to expand its power capacity in the next five years but the year-long strike is laying hurdles in its growth.