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KKNPP issue reaches SC, hearing on Wednesday

Tirunelveli, Sep 12 (): The controversy over Kudankulam nuclear power plant (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu has been brought to the notice of the Supreme Court on Tuesday by filing a petition which directed the central government to contain commissioning the controversial project.

The agitation was led by People’s Movement against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) convener SP Udayakumar, who threatened to court arrest if the government does not stop loading fuel.  He added that the police had been simply spreading  unwanted rumours against the people by saying that they were indulging in violent behaviour.

Sharing the victory, Udayakumar said, “This is the victory of a one-year struggle. We have brought the notice not only in India but all over the world.”

An unusual silence prevailed in the area for the past couple of days after agitators sat for a forty-eight hour hunger strike at Idinthakarai. Police arrested fourteen people on Monday after they indulged in setting ablaze a VAO’s office and also pelted stones on the police in which a number of police personnel were injured.

Meanwhile,  similar protests  were reported  from  Chennai, Coimbatore  as well as in Erode,where supporters of MDMK men were said to be staging a protest against the police action in which they pelted stones in arterial Anna Salai in Chennai  and also tried to stop a  Coimbatore train , said the police.

A few incidents were also reported from Puducherry after MDMK and VCK workers went on a protest causing public disturbance after which they were arrested.

In the midst of the violence at Kudankulam, Senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan, filed a petition arguing to contain the loading of the fuel at the nuclear power plant. Bhushan in his petition has pointed that the plant is being commissioned without any concern about the risk that might possibly put the lives of millions of citizens in danger. The hearing in the case will take place on Wednesday.