BJP condemns police action against anti-nuclear protesters

BJP today condemned the police action on anti-nuclear protesters and held the UPA Government at Centre responsible for the "riot-like situation" in Kudankulam.

Party's Tamil Nadu unit chief Pon Radhakrishnan said the Centre showed urgency in taking up works (regarding uranium loading) after the Madras High Court gave the green signal for the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant but did not adopt a similar approach in allaying the people's fears over the plant.

"Something which should have ended amicably has turned into a riot (like situation). The Centre, which did not understand people's sentiments, should take responsibility for this," he said in a statement.

He condemned the police action in lathicharging and firing teargas on the protestors, who continued their agitation against loading of fuel in the plant.

International voluntary organisation Greenpeace backed the protesters and demanded that the state government take action based on public opinion and through consensus.

Greenpeace campaigner Karuna Raina in a statement condemned the state Government for its "continuous crackdown" and use of force on the anti-nuclear protest.

"The commissioning of a nuclear power plant should not happen without consensus with the stakeholders. In the case of Kudankulam, local villages are the biggest stakeholders," she said.

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