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New Delhi, April 19, 2011
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) today condemned the police firing which led to the death of one person and injuries to some others who were protesting against the Jaitapur nuclear power project in Maharashtra yesterday.
"The local people have been voicing their opposition to the location of the plant in their area and have refused to accept the forcible acquisition of their lands," the CPI (M) Polit Bureau said in a statement.
It said the project, to be set up with imported nuclear plants from the French company Areva would have reactors based on the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) technology, which have not been tried out anywhere else in the world yet.
"There are questions about the reliability and safety of these new reactors. In the light of the crisis which has developed in some of the nuclear power reactors in Japan, the Polit Bureau calls for an immediate halt to the Jaitapur nuclear project," the statement said.
The party also demanded that adequate compensation be given to the next of kin of the deceased and those injured in the police firing.