At least one person was killed in a police firing on Monday as the simmering tension in Jaitapur came out into the open with protesters opposed to the proposed nuclear plant clashing with cops.
The protests against the 9,900 MW Jaitapur nuclear power plant in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district turned violent.
Police opened fire after protesters set ablaze a police station and vehicles, killing a protester at Sakhrinate village. Around 700 protesters had attacked the local police station. A deputy superintendent of police and some constables have been injured in the incident.
Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil told the state assembly that the agitators stormed the police station when most officials were on duty at the project site in Jaitapur since the locals were to stage a demonstration there.
Tension had been rising in the area after Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh’s statement last week ruling out a “rethink” on the project.
Police also claim that protesters decamped with some firearms and ammunition.