Five key KNPP functionaries arrested; Udyakumar on fast

Five key KNPP functionaries arrested; Udyakumar on fast

Acting tough against anti- nuclear activists demanding closure of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, five key functionaries of a body spearheading the movement against KNPP were arrested at the plant site today.

Police said one of those arrested was the legal advisor of People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy, spearheading the movement against KNPP, while the others were 'instrumental in instigating the locals against the plant.'

Meanwhile, PMANE chief convenor R B Udhayakumar began an indefinite fast at Indinthakarai village today, demanding closure of the plant and that it should not be commissioned without proper disaster management training to the locals.
He also demanded release of those arrested today.

Police said cases were registered against nine persons, including those arrested, under sections of IPC, for holding demonstrations without permission, preventing KNPP plant officials from discharging their duty and blocking roads.

In another development, thousands of people from Idindhakarai village today blocked the entrance of the plant, demanding release of those arrested.

Sources close to Udhayakumar said all the villagers would court arrest if those arrested were not released.

Valliyur DSP Staneley Jose told PTI that efforts are on to persuade the agitators to disperse and warned that all those trying to block entry of KNPP workers would be arrested.

Top police officials are camping at the site of KNPP, where a strong police contingent has been deployed.

"We have deployed police inside and outside the plant. Any harm to the employees or to the plant will be viewed very seriously and severe action will be taken," an official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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