Title: Anti-nuclear activists intensify protests
Source: The Times of India
Date: Feb 2, 2012
The already stumbling efforts by the Centre to get the activists give up their protests against the Kudankulam nuclear power project has hit a roadblock as the attack on the anti-nuclear activists by Hindu Munnani workers at Tirunelveli has fuelled further protests.
Even as members of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) chalked out a series of fresh protests, various human rights organisations have condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with the protesters. [...]
The National Council of Churches in India, the apex body of 30 Protestant and Orthodox Churches, has expressed deep anguish on the attack on women at Tirunelveli and has called for a judicial probe into the incident. “The NCCI strongly condemns such violent expressions, especially against women. These assaults appear to be ‘pre-planned.’ The NCCI calls for a judicial probe, headed by a woman judge, into the attack,” said a statement from Rev Dr Roger Gaikwad, general secretary of NCCI. [...]
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Title: Koodankulam protesters assaulted, talks cancelled
Source: Deccan Chronicle
Date: Jan 31, 2012
A civil group spearheading the protest against Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) called off talks with the central government-appointed experts panel after the former’s members were assaulted in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, an activist said [...]
[M]embers belonging to Hindu Munnani group started attacking the vehicles of two members of PMANE in the state panel, along with other activists [...]
“One of our members Raj Lingam was pulled out of the car and was assaulted. Similarly there were some women in a van who were assaulted. We have lodged a police complaint and are going back to Koodankulam,” M. Pushparayan, convener of the Coastal People’s Federation and a member of the state panel, told IANS over phone.
A senior police officer told IANS that 10 people have been taken into custody. [...]
Villagers of Koodankulam, Idinthakarai and others fear for their lives and safety in case of any nuclear accident.
Their agitation, led by PMANE, has put a stop to the project work [...]
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h/t Nuclear Hotseat
Published: February 2nd, 2012 at 12:39 pm ET