Anti-nuclear activists booked in bomb case
High tension prevailed in Idinthakarai and its surrounding villages on Sunday after Koodankulam police registered cases against 65 persons, including PMANE coordinator S P Udayakumar and other leaders like M Pushparayan, M P Jesuraj, Mukilan, Milton and Rajalingam, in connection with the hurling of country made bombs at Idinthakarai and Tsunami colony on Saturday night.
Police said that based on a complaint given by Sahaya Kapoor, a resident of Idinthakarai and a sub-contractor of the KKNPP, cases under sections 147, 148, 294 (b), 307 of IPC and sections 3 and 4 of Indian Explosives Substances Act were registered against 65 persons, including PMANE activists.
Reacting to the action, S P Udayakumar charged that the police have foisted cases against him and the PMANE members in an effort to divide the anti-nuclear plant protesters and the local community at Idinthakarai.
He said that Sahaya Kapoor along with a few of his associates some time back had distributed fishing nets worth `50,000 to a group of fishermen from Idinthakarai and other villages, which was reportedly offered by the nuclear plant.
Udayakumar said that after the PMANE exposed the malpractice involved in the distribution of fishing net and demanded action against Kapoor and his team, fishermen from Idithakarai kept away from sea on Saturday protesting the fraud.
In this backdrop, a group of four hurled county made bombs on the coastal village at night. However, Mary, a 75-year-old resident of Mela Street, Idinthakarai, along with two other women, Amali (70) and Lilly Pushpam (58), saw the quartet hurling the bombs.
Mary in her complaint, said that while she, along with two other women, was going to the Lourde Madha Church at 10.30 pm. On the way they saw four persons moving on two two-wheelers near the west bus stand shouting “We will not rest until the village is destroyed.” Later the four-member gang hurled two country made bombs and moved towards Idinthakarai Tsunami Colony. The sound of bomb explosion was heard from that location, she alleged.
She identified the miscreants as (Sahaya) Kapoor (33), Sacrates alias Mutti (36) Lawrance (38) and Sandeep (22), all natives of Idinthakarai, who were residing in nearby Parameswarapuram.