Warrant issued against anti-nuclear activist Udayakumar

A local court on Tuesday issued a Non Bailable Warrant (NBW) against anti-nuclear activist S P Udayakumar, spearheading the movement against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.

hidden September 18, 2012 19:01:53 IST
Warrant issued against anti-nuclear activist Udayakumar

Kudankulam:  A local court on Tuesday  issued a Non Bailable Warrant (NBW) against anti-nuclear activist S P Udayakumar, spearheading the movement against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.

The NBW was issued by the Valliyoor court against Udayakumar while hearing a case registered by the Revenue and Police of Tirunelveli "for misusing a place of worship to instigate people and agitate against the Government on September 10."

Police and revenue officials had filed a case charging Udhayakumar, his close associates Pushparyan, Jesuraj, Milton and 32 others with convening a meeting at a church in Idinthakarai and mobilising people to protest against loading uranium fuel in the plant and instigating them against the State and Central governments.

Udhayakumar's wife Meera has been arraigned as 36th accused in the case. While Udhayakumar did not receive the summon personally, his father, who received it, told police he could not meet his son.

Warrant issued against antinuclear activist Udayakumar

The reactor at the Kudankulam plant. AFP

When the case came up for hearing today,Magistrate Crystal Sabitha directed Meera to appear for the next hearing and ordered issue of NBW against Udhayakumar and others. Udayakumar has been evading police since September 10 when police fired teargas shells to disperse anti-nuclear activists who tried to lay siege to the plant.

Earlier in the day, Udayakumar hinted at an interaction with reporters at Kuthankuzhi,10 km from here,that people want to renew their stir and lay siege once again to the plant.

"The strategy committee of the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) will meet tomorrow to take a decision," he said.

On September 10, police lobbed teargas shells to disperse anti-nuclear protesters, who tried to lay siege to the plant, demanding a halt to loading of enriched uranium.

Udayakumar demanded that the Tamil Nadu government change its stand and hold talks with the protestors. He charged police with spreading falsehood and harassing people by conducting house to house searches.

He maintained there was no need for him to surrender as the nuclear plant issue is pending before court.

Pledging solidarity with the protestors, CPI(M) veteranand former Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan on Tuesday set out to Kundankulam from Thiruvananthapuram, ignoring his party line, but was stopped by Tamil Nadu police at a border town.

A Tamil Nadu police officer stopped his vehicle as it entered the border town of Kaliyikkavila and requested the 88-year-old leader not to proceed further in view of the security concerns, which he complied with.

Achuthanandan,however, said he was firm in his opinion that nuclear plants were dangerous and recalled that his party had withdrawn support to the UPA government in protest against Indo-US civil nuclear pact.

PTI

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