Po­lit­i­cal par­ties to gherao Fort St Ge­orge

The Hindu - - REGION - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Lead­ers of var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal par­ties op­posed to the Ku­danku­lam Nu­clear Power Project ( KKNPP) will gherao the Fort St Ge­orge on Oc­to­ber 29, in sup­port of four char­ter of de­mands, in­clud­ing clo­sure of the plant.

The protest will be held on the day Chief Min­is­ter Jay­alalithaa will be lay­ing the foun­da­tion stone for an arch to com­mem­o­rate the di­a­mond ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tion of the Assem­bly. The ses­sion of the House be­gins the next day.

Talk­ing to re­porters, Manithaney­a Makkal Katchi MLA M. H. Jawahir­ul­lah said that peo­ple against the KKNPP were ex­press­ing their op­po­si­tion in a peace­ful man­ner and the gov­ern­ment sought to sup­press them with the aid of po­lice.

“Po­lice has in­voked Sec­tion 144 in Idinthakar­ai and neigh­bour­ing vil­lages and the en­tire area looked like a grave­yard. It should be im­me­di­ately with­drawn,” he said.

Mr Jawahir­ul­lah said Vidutha­lai Chiruthaik­al Katchi ( VCK) leader Thol Thiru­mavala­van and Pe­riar Dravi­dar Kazhagam leader Ko­lathur Mani and many oth­ers would take part in the protest.

MDMK leader Vaiko is also expected to join the pro­tes­tors.

Re­lease

Be­sides de­mand­ing with­drawal of cases against an­ti­nu­clear move­ment lead­ers and oth­ers, he said those who had been ar­rested should be re­leased.

He al­leged that po­lit­i­cal par­ties such as the AIADMK, the DMK and the Left were sup­port­ing the project even though they were well aware of the dan­ger of the nu­clear project.

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