Thousands of villagers gathered in the Sompeta Mandal of the Srikakulam on Wednesday, Jul 14 to protest against the setting up of a thermal power station in the wetlands.
The protests turned violent as the villagers began clashing with the police personnel at the proposed site of the thermal power plant.
In a bid to quell the protesters, the police was forced to open fire leading to death of one person. Few media reports suggest that three people have died in the incident.
The villagers began the protests to stall foundation stone laying ceremony of the plant.
The 2,000 MW electricity project plant is set to be built by Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC). However, environmentalists as well as farmers and fishermen are against the establishment of the plant in the wetland area as they fear it could lead to adverse ecological fallouts.