People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) May 16, 2012
Idinthakarai & P. O. 627 104
The PMANE Denies Any Role in the Alleged Bomb Threat to KKNPP
There are reports in the media today that the KKNPP has received three inland letters threatening them with possible bomb attacks. The PMANE has no role whatsoever in this as we have been leading a peaceful, democratic and nonviolent struggle for the past nine months without even a single incident of violence.
In fact, the members of the PMANE Struggle Committee have also been receiving several death threats, and some of the physically challenged men of Koodankulam were brutally attacked by the police on October 13, 2011 in front of the Koodankulam plant. These incidents have been glossed over by the police and the governments.
On May 11, 2012 one of our Struggle Committee members, Mr. V. Rajalingam from Koodankulam, was badly beaten up and verbally abused at 5:15 PM near the East Bazaar of Kodankulam by Mr. Stanley Jones, Vallioor Deputy Superintendent of Police and Mr. Rajapaul, Inspector of Koodankulam police station. Both Mr. Rajalingam and one Mr. R. K. Selvakumar who witnessed this brutal attack have submitted written and signed depositions at the Public Hearing conducted on May 14, 2012 in Chennai by the Chennai Solidarity Group for Koodankulam Struggle.
Some 15 other people from Idinthakarai, Koodankulam, Koothenkuzhy, Koottapuli, Nagercoil, Erode and Chennai also deposed on police brutalities, excesses and harassments at the above Public Hearing. The Panelists headed by Justice (Retd) A. P. Shah are in the process of preparing a report which is going to be submitted to the Central and State governments.
This alleged “bomb threat” must be seen at this backdrop. The PMANE would like to state categorically that our people have nothing to do with this threat and we would like to assert that we have been and will continue to be a peaceful and nonviolent movement. We would only request the authorities to treat the actual attacks on the School of the Struggle Committee Coordinator with this promptness and seriousness and apprehend the culprits in both cases.
The Struggle Committee
People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)
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