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Violence against the Non-violent Struggle of Koodankulam

As the local protests against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant continue, the police brutally attack the villagers and sedition charges are foisted on women and children as well.

On Monday, 17 September, 13-year-old Stepin lay on her aunt’s lap outside their house in Idintha­karai near Koodankulam as her family waited for her mother, who had been away in Nagercoil for three days to claim her husband’s body. Unable to come to terms with her father’s death, Stepin swallows every sip of water with great difficulty.

Fourty-two-year-old Sahayam Francis fell unconscious with shock when the coast guard flew one of its aircraft at a very low altitude over the villages protesting against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant. He was shifted to a hospital in Nagercoil where he was declared dead on 13 September. His family and residents of the village demand that the coast guard be held responsible for his death. “We watched in horror as the plane approached us. Sahayam was stan­ding on the shore. Terrified by the way the plane came so close, he fell down. Initially, we thought that he had just ­fallen unconscious but it was too late. He had died of shock”, cries his sister ­Chellamma.

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