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Tight vigil at Kudankulam site in wake of threat by agitators

Tirunelveli, Sep 10 (): A total of four thousand police are deployed around the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) site, in wake of the threat given by the agitators who have announced to take a rally towards the site for laying an impasse on Sunday.

Roads leading to Kudankulam and Idinthakarai seemed to be quiet with armed forces keeping tight vigil in the area, anticipating trouble during the rally. The anti-KKNPP protesters who started the agitation a year back at Idinthakarai are at the edge of their strike making a last-minute attempt to stop uranium fuel being loaded into the first reactor.

If the process of fuel loading is allowed to pass without any protest, then there is no use of the year-long agitation in which thousand innocent people have been affected. The protesters believed that this move can help them putting pressure on the Union government to withdraw from continuing with their plans for commissioning the KKNPP.

The police restricted the agitators from moving close to the site of KKNPP which might possibly lead them to assemble on the roads and make a protest which might also trigger clash with the police.

It was also believed that some of the churches in the coastal villages of the district on Saturday morning requested the people to lend a helping hand by joining the strike on Sunday. Expecting the protesters to be in large numbers, police forces including Rapid Action Force were deployed around the plant. In addition to this, even the District Collector along with the Sub-Collector have decided to camp in the site to avoid any untoward incident.

Following the Madras High Court giving a green signal to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, the agitators are most likely to appeal in the Supreme Court against the order of the Madras High court.

The first unit of KKNPP, which is an Indo-Russian joint scheme, was planned for commissioning in 2011, but unfortunately was delayed due to continuous agitation against the project.

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