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Tirunelveli, September 21, 2011
The protest against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu by thousands of residents of coastal hamlets around the plant at Koodankulam village in Tirunelveli district entered the 11th day today.
About 15,000 people are observing a relay hunger strike at Idinthakarai hamlet, demanding that the Centre shelve the project, because of fears about possible nuclear radiation leakage. They have also expressed fears about possible displacement from their native places which they claim would affect their livelihood.
The health condition of as many as 127 people, who were observing an indefinite fast since September 11, is reportedly deteriorating. About 40 people were admitted to the government hospitals at Tirunelveli and Nagercoil after they fainted at the venue of the fast, while the remaining people were being treated by a team of doctors at the site.
As the talks between Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) V Narayansamy and the protestors remained inconclusive last night, the representatives of the anti-Koodankulam Nuclear Movement were expected to meet Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha in Chennai later in the day.