Koodankulam nuke plant: Cops thwart sea siege plan

Around 2,500 country-craft fishermen, led by PMANE coordinator S.P. Udayakumar, participated in a sea siege protest on Monday, demanding the scrapping of the Koodankulam nuclear power project.
Fishermen from Idinthakarai, Koothakuzhi, Perumanal and Kootapanai, who gathered at the Xaveriar church, proceeded towards the dyke of the KKNPP in their boats, including fibre boats with outboard engines.
However, marine police and Coast Guard personnel prevented them from proceeding towards the safety zone area close to the dyke.
Addressing the agitators from a fishing boat, Mr Udayakumar asked fishermen not to give up their struggle against the nuclear project until it was scrapped.
Mr Udayakumar sought a white paper on the reported leakages in the valves during the hot run tests. Fishermen from Thoothukudi and Kanyakumari districts struck work against the project. A section of fishermen in Thoothukudi staged a token fast.

HC asks kerala to explain stand on Kurien case
Age Correspondent

The Kerala high court on Monday asked the state government to file a statement explaining its stand on a complaint filed against Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P.J. Kurien by the Suryanelli sex abuse victim.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice C.K. Vinod Chandran issued the directive when a plea filed by Kamala Sadanandan, state general secretary of the Kerala Mahila Sangham seeking a probe against Kurien came up for hearing.
The petitioner argued that the inquiry reports in favour of Kurien should not be taken into consideration as it was not based on a First Information Report and nor was it filed on the basis of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Regarding the maintainability of the petition, the state submitted that it was after a gap of six years that the victim filed a complaint again.

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