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PMANE denies any role in 'bomb threats' to Koondakulam Plant
Reacting to the reports of reported 'bomb threats', PMANE made it clear that they had nothing to do with it as they believed in a non-violent movement. They alleged that their members have been brutally beaten by police and demanded that government should punish the guilty officers as well.

DISTANCING ITSELF from reports of 'possible bomb attacks' in media today, the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), in a press release stated that 'it had no role whatsoever in this as we have been leading a peaceful, democratic and nonviolent struggle for the pastnine months without even a single incident of violence.'

Several media outlets today reported that Koondakulam Nuclear Power Plant has received three inland letters threatening them with possible bomb attacks.

“The members ofthe PMANE Struggle Committee have also been receiving several death threats, and some of the physically challenged men of Koodankulam were brutally attacked by the police on October 13, 2011 in front of the Koodankulam plant. These incidents have been glossed over by the police and the governments,”PMANE statement read.

On May 11, 2012 one of the Struggle Committee member, Mr. V. Rajalingam from Koodankulam, was badly beaten up and verbally abused at 5:15 PM near the East Bazaar of Kodankulam by Mr. Stanley Jones, Vallioor Deputy Superintendent of Police and Mr. Rajapaul, Inspector of Koodankulam police station, PMANE alleged.

Both Mr. Rajalingam and one Mr. R. K.Selvakumar who witnessed this brutal attack have submitted written and signed depositions at the Public Hearing conducted on May 14, 2012 in Chennai by the Chennai Solidarity Group for Koodankulam Struggle.

According to them, some 15 other people from Idinthakarai, Koodankulam, Koothenkuzhy, Koottapuli, Nagercoil, Erode and Chennaialso deposed on police brutalities, excesses and harassments at the Public Hearing. The Panelists headed by Justice (Retd) A. P. Shah are in the process of preparing a report which is going to be submitted to the Central and State governments.

“This alleged “bombthreat” must be seen at this backdrop,”PMANE stated. They have stated categorically that their people have nothing to do with this threat and would like to assert that they have been and will continue to be a peaceful and nonviolent movement. They requested the authorities to treat the actual attacks on the School of the Struggle Committee Coordinator with this promptness and seriousness and apprehend the culprits in both cases.

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