Kudankulam, Sept 11: The situation continues to be tense in the area surrounding the Kudankulam nuclear plant site after violent clashes erupted between police personnel and agitating protestors on Monday. With the protestors still determined to stall the functioning of the plant, they are continuing their hunger strike in the open outside the nuclear plant. Thousands of protestors were seen camping outside the plant.
They were objecting the loading of uranium fuel into the reactor that is expected to take place on Tuesday. The agitators are determined to carry out a 48 hour hunger strike. Meanwhile, Monday saw the death of one protestor, a farmer who was the victim of police firing. The situation in the area is still tense with prohibitory orders in place.
Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, in her statement on the police firing, announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the family of the deceased farmer who was killed in police firing. The clashes erupted when the mob went berserk and set aflame a house in the area. They also blocked the Tuticorin-Nagercoil highway and managed to block the Mysore Express train at Tuticorin railway station.
The CM also appealed to protestors that they should not heed to the words of the anti-nuclear plant lobby and refrain from violence.