Anti-Kudankulam protestors in "final battle"; area tense

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Kudankulam, Sept 10: The anti-nuclear plant protestors have reignited their agitation against the Kudankulam nuclear plant days before nuclear fuel is expected to be filled into the reactors. Choosing the most opportune time to kick-start their protest, this time around with renewed fervour, the situation in the area is tense and there is heavy police deployment in the area.

Sec 144 has been imposed in the area, with the determined protestors carrying out a march to the nuclear plant in spite of the ruling. The police claim that with Sec 144 in place, even carrying out a peaceful march will be deemed unlawful. After they were blocked by police personnel from carrying out the march, the protestors are now planning to take the coastal route to reach the plant.

Leading the protest, leader of the anti-nuclear protest Activist Udayakumar said, "We are appealing to the government of Tamil Nadu and the government of India to respect the local people's sentiments and abandon the whole project. We will not engage in any kind of violent activity."

Refusing to move out from the protest site, the protestors are seeking the intervention of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, calling the protest a "final battle" and doing all they can to stop the loading of uranium fuel in the Kudankulam reactor.

Meanwhile, as per local reports, the protestors have been offered some cash stimulus if they die during the course of the protest. As per reports, people from Koothankuzhi will be given Rs 7 lakh and those from Idinthakarai will be offered Rs 5 lakh as compensation in the event of death by People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE). The matter has raised eyebrows with many unanswered questions regarding doling out such large amount of money as compensation.

With the Kudankulam plant having to face one setback after the other, authorities from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board are expected to visit the plant next week to give its final approval. The Madras High Court had earlier given its go-ahead, pushing the protestors to a "final battle".

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