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Immediate Release-Curfew orders Clamped, Arrest Alert # Koodankulam

Urgent Message from Idinthakarai

Arrest Alert
May 9, 2012
Curfew orders have just been promulgated in our area once again right after our planning meetings with the youth, women, community elders and the Idinthakarai village committee on May 8, 2012. Thousands of police personnel are being posted in and around Koodankulam in haste. We get reliable tips that the authorities are planning to clamp down our protest and arrest all of us, possibly tonight. Such a pre-dawn operation that the government usually does could be bloody as thousands of men, women and children from several villages are sleeping around the Church at Idinthakarai.
This action may be planned to cover up a recent accident at the Nuclear Power Project (). It is said that two young men, Sivakumar and Esakkimuthu, were injured on May 4 in an alleged blast at and they were admitted in a private hospital at Anjugramam. Dr. Tamilarasu who treated the men confirmed the accident according to a newspaper report (The Indian Express, May 8, 2012). One of the young men’s fathers talked to the Puthiya Thalaimurai television on May 8, 2012 that he was not even allowed to see his son.
On May 8, 2012, we also held a Press Meet at Idinthakarai at 4:00 PM in which we produced the ledgers with tens of thousands of signatures of people from some 60 villages opposing the KKNPP. This is a clear proof that the central and state governments are acting against the will of the local people and are thrusting the dangerous nuclear power project down our throats in an authoritarian and arrogant manner. We also produced some 24,000 voter ID cards that the people had surrendered in protest against the governments’ callous attitude towards the 302 women and 35 men indefinite hunger strikers. As the Indian government and the state governments do not respect ordinary people’s lives and interests in , we also launched the “Respect ” Campaign along the lines of Mahatma Gandhi’s “Quit ” campaign of 1942.
The Tamil Nadu police have been harassing local people when they close their shops in support of our protests or when they travel to neighboring villages. The police take individual pot shots of the people, shoot group photos, take down the vehicle numbers, abuse with foul language and intimidate them. When a curfew was imposed earlier on our area by the on March 19, 2012, the authorities divided the local communities by announcing a Rs. 500 crore bribery package to the local bodies, stifled news reports on us by silencing the media and isolated the people by distancing the Church.
It is so strange and unfortunate that the central and state governments treat us, nonviolent and democratic Gandhian activists, as some kind of dangerous extremists. The hunger strikers are very weak and feeble but they refuse to give up without getting our demands fulfilled. Instead of talking to us, the government seems to be preparing for a highhanded behavior and violence to put us all down.
Please contact the following officers and demand justice for our people:
[1] Dr. R. Selvaraj, District Collector, Tirunelveli District, Tirunelveli. Phone:             91-462-2500828      ; Fax: 91-462-2500224; Mobile: 91-9444185000; Email:[email protected]
[2] Mr. V. Varadharaju; Phone:             91-462-2568031      ; Mobile: 91-9840970530; Email: [email protected]
[3] Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Fort St. George, Chennai 600 009, India; Phones:             91-44-25672345      (W);             91-44-25670215       (H); Faxes:             91-44-28133510      ; 25676929; 25671441; 28130787.
[4] Mr. Debendranath Sarangi, Chief Secretary; Phone:             91-44-25671555      ; Fax: 91-44-25672304; Email: [email protected]
[5] Dr. Sheela Priya, Additional Chief Secretary; Phone:             91-44-25674234      ; Fax: 91-44-25675163. Email: [email protected]
The Struggle Committee,
People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy

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