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Attempts to suppress Koodankulam anti-nuclear struggle through deployment of armed police results in death fast by Udayakumar – PNAME

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P.Udhayakumar-pic courtesy: The Hindu

We hope you have been following the Koodankulam Anti – Nuclear Struggle from its inception.

The entire populace in and around Koodankulam have rallied under the leadership of People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant and have successfully with-stalled its implementation for the past 218 days.

The State till to date has failed to address the real apprehensions of the people but instead stepped up aggressive propaganda to the extent of blaming a foreign hand and in-flow of foreign funds.

The latest development in the series of State measures to suppress the struggle of the protestors has moved to the point of deploying armed police at the power plant premises and start power production.

The Tamil Nadu State government upon the instructions of New Delhi has ordered the occupation of the premises by 10000 strong armed Central Reserve Police Force leading to the wholesome eviction of the native population on 19.03.2012.

Occupation of the premises by the state Para-military forces has clearly signaled the government’s intention of implementing the nuclear power project. The State has also stepped up its aggressive stance arresting key leaders of the people’s opposition.

The evicted people of Koodankulam have assembled at Idindhakarai, the centre of protest.

Thousands from the surrounding villages too have started assembling at Idindhakarai upon hearing the news of the arrest of the leaders and the occupation of the premises, despite threats and arrests by the police forces. The administration has evoked Section 144 IPC (unlawful assembly) in clear view of suppressing the democratic and peaceful protest.

The press has been signaled not to release any news reflecting the ground situation. A journalist, who wished to remain anonymous from ground zero, has reported to us that the armed forces occupying the power plant have intimated them to leave the centre of protest – Idindhakarai, or else to face the consequences that might befall the protestors.

The above stated real state of affairs in Koodankulam and Idindhakarai has been systematically suppressed by the popular media. In spite of the people’s surged agitation against State’s measures since yesterday morning, and in spite of the fact that Mr. Udhaya Kumar, Coordinator of the struggle had announced unequivocally that the struggle will go on, announcing a hunger fast till death, the popular media has deliberately chosen to play fiddle to the tune of the State.

We wish to emphasize, from the information collected from ground zero, that the reports declaring the struggle has fizzled out, appearing in various sections of the popular media are in stark contrast to the ground reality in Koodankulam and Idindhakarai.

We fear such depictions are strategic manipulations on the part of the State to choke out the voices that have been gaining momentum off late in support of the protestors. More than that, our major concern is about the total black-out of the ground situation to the world at large, which would grant a free hand to the State forces, and our strongest apprehension is that of carnage of the locals without any witness

We look forward communities with humanist concerns, working at National and International levels to raise their voices in support of the protestors who have dared to brave formidable state machinery against all odds, upholding democratic traditions.

(Text of communique issued by Peoples Movement Against Nuclear Energy)

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4 Comments

  1. Indian and TN govt should address the safety and environmental concerns of the local people.
    If a catastrophy occurs( due to natural disaster, human errors, war with an unfriendly neighbour country (srilanka? China?)or terrorism acts- LTTE/Alqueda?), the consequences are grave for southern districts

  2. sjoseph says:

    “war with an unfriendly neighbour country (srilanka?”

    I have no doubt in my mind Sri Lanka is capable of taking on the Indians on their own ground. Before the pilots return to their bases in Sri Lanka the nuclear fallout from this nuclear plant would engulf the whole island. I am not saying Sri Lanka won’t be tempted bomb the plant in case of a war with India but as in the past whatever Sri Lanka does the sole purpose of such action is to bring self destruction. Therefore Sri Lanka would not hesitate to take on the Indians.

    The construction of this nuclear is the logical outcome of how India wants to organise the country. India has been moving away from frugal life style which encourages renunciation to more consumption lead development with infinite choices for the consumers. More consumption need more power to manufacture the goods and services. Since natural resources are finite nuclear energy is the alternative choice. Either whole world reduces its consumption or die together in a major nuclear disaster. Sri Lanka has no choice but to die together with the rest of the people.

  3. Nuclear power is a necessity for India without which it cannot meet the energy requirement. It is an unavoidable venture that has its attendant risks. Nuclear power cannot be made completely risk free regardless of technological advances that offer safety mechanisms. Chernobyl in 1986 and Three Mile Island in 1979 are prime examples of how human error and design flaws contribute to nuclear accidents.

    According to official reports Koodankulam units have incorporated safety features to protect the reactors against the kind of natural disasters like earthquake and Tsunami that affected Fukushima reactors! Two units are almost completed and would be commissioned in a matter of months despite the protests. The protests can only serve to raise the importance of safety in the nuclear establishment besides the liability issue. It is pointless to protest demanding closure now after the Centre has spent thousands of crores on the project.

    Delhi wants to expand and erect four more units in Koodankulam complex which would increase the risk factor to the area. The protesters may be able to persuade the nuclear establishment to locate the reactors not yet built to other states so that risk is evenly distributed. Indians want uninterrupted power supply, but no state is willing to play host to nuclear reactors. Delhi thinks Tamilnadu is the ideal location and would like to have the reactors installed in TN.

  4. The nuclear disaster of a power plant is less harmful than a nuclear bomb. Bombing the power plant will have insignificant impact on Srilanka or rest of Tamilnadu except Nellai/Kanyakumari/Nagercoil border area. The most affected land/people those with in 40km circumference.

    It is physically impossible for a nuclear power plant to explode like a nuclear bomb as nuclear power station uses Uranium that is enriched to 5 to 10% only and lacks mechanisms that are necessary to create a nuclear explosion.
    It is a possibility that, Srilanka/China will dare to bomb the plant if provoked to wage a war. Even Srilankan state sponsored terrorism act/ militant sponsored terrorism act cannot be ruled out.

    The concerns of local people are genuine. Indian/Tamilnadu govt should address, how they will protect the plant and people from all possible potential threat.

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