Tamil Nadu: Independent Panel Finds Human Rights Violations at Kudankulam
KUDANKULAM ANTI-NUCLEAR SATYAGRAHA, INDIA, 11 Jun 2012
An independent committee formed on the Kudankulam nuclear power plant to probe human rights violations by the Centre and the state government submitting its report on Monday [4 Jun 2012] said that people’s right to freedom of speech and freedom of movement were suppressed.
According to the findings of the report, which are based on the testimonies submitted by villagers at a public hearing it conducted on May 14, said the state police was used to harass the peaceful agitators.
The committee was headed by justice A P Shah, who is a former Chief Justice of the Madras High Court.
The Rs.13,000-crore Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP ), located in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, is being built with the help of the Russians. After completion, it will be India’s largest atomic power plant with six reactors.
The villagers who live nearby are agitating against the plant stating that the plant is unsafe and a threat to their life.
But two government-appointed expert committees have come out with facts that the plant is safe and public fears are unfounded.
However, the agitating villagers are demanding closure of the plant. Thousand of them have held indefinite hunger strikes at the site and more than 200 of them have already been booked.
Among several important suggestions, the panel report has also asked the Centre to release information on safety and site evaluation along with making the inter-governmental liability agreement with Russia public.
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