The dangers of Koodankulam nuclear reactors in south India
  • Petitioned PM Manmohan Singh

This petition was delivered to:

Central Government, India
PM Manmohan Singh
Central Government, India
PM Manmohan Singh
Chief Secretary
CM Dr. Selvi J. Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu state government, India
Additional Chief Secretary
CM Dr. Selvi J. Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu state government, India
District Collector, Tirunelveli
Dr R Selvaraj
Commissioner of Police
Mr J K Tripathy
Home Minister of India
Dr P Chidambaram

The dangers of Koodankulam nuclear reactors in south India

    1. Rashmi Kohli
    2. Petition by

      Rashmi Kohli

      Delhi, India

SPEAKING OUT AGAINST NUCLEAR OPPRESSION IN SOLIDARITY WITH CONCERNED CITIZENS AND PEACE ACTIVISTS AGAINST THE DANGERS OF THE KOODANKULAM NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

Thousands of people including the elderly, women and children are protesting against the commissioning of the Koodankulam nuclear power plant in south India. They are protesting in extreme conditions against the anti-people and opaque practices followed by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited, the Tamil Nadu state and Indian central governments. They have been met with police intimidation, state violence, false charges and imprisonment for peacefully airing their views and demanding their democratic rights. Police have lathi charged them into the sea and fired tear gas and water cannons at them. They have been maligned as violent when it is the state who is using threats, weapons and violence against them. One fisherman in Tuticorin has been shot dead, another young girl has been trampled to death, and many have been injured. Police are arbitrarily picking up people and taking them to prison for interrogations and issuing unwarranted summons. Protests are spreading nationally and internationally.

People in the village next to the nuclear power plant, Idinthikarai, have been protesting peacefully for over a year now, after the first series of protest began in 1988. They have had several hunger strikes including a relay one since August 2011. Their health fast deteriorated in the extreme summer heat and some of them have been admitted to hospital.  About 23,000 people have surrendered their voter cards in protest. Their families were later  denied use of their ration cards with access to essential provisions such as food. Despite official promises, their demands about the legality and safety of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) have not been met. 

The Indian government has announced that the first reactor at Koodankulam will go critical in September. More than 55,000 people have been falsely charged including for sedition and 'war against the state'. This makes a travesty of democracy.

Please sign the petition and express your support for those who are wrongfully charged for voicing an opinion against nuclear reactors and for those forced to live next to nuclear reactors in a tsunami, volcanic and earthquake zone where there is a water shortage.

Organise, protest, contact media, human and environmental rights organisations, social networks, politicians, locally and globally including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pmindia@pmindia.nic.in, manmohan@sansad.nic.in and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa (Chief Secretary cs@tn.gov.in Additional Chief Secretary cmcell@tn.gov.in  )

This appeal is not from any movement under a ‘foreign hand’ but from people holding hands in solidarity across the world. We support the development of India but only when it is on safe, equitable and sustainable grounds. As Chernobyl and Fukushima have shown, nuclear dangers are a global and human concern, not simply a national one.

Wind power is already providing double the amount of electricity than from nuclear reactors and at a fraction of the cost to the tax payer, the environment and health without producing any dangerous waste. Wind power even supplies electricity to the Koodankulam nuclear township.

This petition demands a commitment and definite time-frame as to the following:

[1] The ongoing work at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) must be halted and the following steps must be taken immediately.

[2] As the Central Information Commission (CIC) has instructed the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL), the accurate and full versions of the Safety Analysis Report and the Site Evaluation Report must be released to the public immediately. And the full and final post-Fukushima safety audit report must also be released to the press and the public.

[3] A new and comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report must be commissioned as the one that the DAE has released after 23 years of struggle is incomplete, erroneous and outdated. The Tamil and Malayalam translations of the new EIA must be shared with the local people and the Press in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

[4] The opinions and preferences of the project-affected people must be heard by a competent authority in an open, transparent and democratic manner.

[5] An independent national committee must be constituted to study the issues of geology, hydrology, oceanography and seismology involved in the Koodankulam nuclear power plant.

[6] Disaster management training and evacuation exercises must be conducted in the 30-km radius of the Koodankulam plants and beyond in the wake of the recent earthquake all over Tamil Nadu and India.

[7] A Tamil Nadu State Assembly Resolution must be passed that the Pechipparai dam water from Kanyakumari District and the Tamirabharani river water from Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi Districts will not be taken for the KKNPP reactors.

[8] A copy of the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) on liability secretly signed between the governments of India and Russia must be made available to the project-affected public.

[9] Complete and truthful information must be given to the local people and the citizens of India about nuclear waste that would be produced at the Koodankulam plants and its management.

[10] All the false cases against the members of the struggle committee and the common people must be withdrawn immediately and unconditionally. People that peacefully protested against the nuclear plant are still languishing in prison and must be released immediately. 


 [11] The local people's right to protest peacefully and nonviolently against the KKNPP and other related issues must be respected and honored. And no more false cases and other intimidatory exercises should be used against the struggling people.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. 7 dead so far due to anti-nuclear dissent in India. Protests continue

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      At least seven people have died due to their anti-nuclear protests that first began in the late 1980s - 2 of these have been due to direct police firing. Others are related incidents to anti-nuclear protests.
      http://www.countercurrents.org/kaur160912.htm
      The village residents of Kootapulli near to the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant 'buried themselves alive' in protest
      http://www.dianuke.org/why-not-bury-us-alive-people-ask-in-koodankulam/

    3. Police harassment of women and children to wipe out anti-nuclear movement

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      Police have been arbitrarily picking up people to interrogate them. They have even held four young people aged between 15-16 in custody for three days without informing their families. They have later charged them with up to 14 offences including sedition and war against the state. Women too have been picked up and assaulted by the police. Their intention is to wipe out the anti-nuclear movement. The family of Dr SP Udayakumar who is now underground has been harassed, his wife charged with 3 offences.
      There is to be a desecration ceremony in the church in Idinthikarai village that the Police had ransacked and urinated in tomorrow.
      http://www.dianuke.org/live-from-idinthakarai-koodankulam/

    4. Messages of support for anti-nuclear from Arundhati Roy and Vandana Shiva

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      Arundhati Roy: "I stand in complete solidarity with the villagers of Idinthakarai who are resisting the fuel loading of the Koodankulam nuclear reactor. I happened to be in Japan in March 2011 when the earthquake damaged the Fukushima reactor. After the disaster, almost every country that uses nuclear energy declared that it would change its policy. Every country, except India. Our Government has shown itself incapable of even being able to dispose day to day garbage, leave alone industrial effluent or urban sewage. How does it dare to say that it knows how to deal with nuclear waste? And that nuclear reactors in India are safe? We know how the Government has colluded with Union Carbide (now Dow Chemicals) to ensure that the victims of the Bhopal Gas Leak will never get justice. But no amount of compensation can ever right a nuclear disaster. I do believe that what is being done in Koodankulam in the name of Development is a crime."

      Videomessage form Vandana Shiva http://www.my-voice.

    5. Water protests outside nuclear power plant

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      People start a water protest against fuel loading. Inspired by Gandhi they call it a jal satygraha. Supreme Court Lawyer Prashant Bhusan says that 17 safety guidelines had not been followed by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, a Board that has in face been taken to task by the Comptroller Auditor Group for being incompetent and impartial. In a further effort to malign the movement, the protesters have been accused of being funded by foreign NGOs when all along they have funded it by donating fishing communties who have a day's salary each week. Fuel loading is set for Thursday even though safety guidelines are not in place
      http://ibnlive.in.com/news/tn-kudankulam-protestors-enter-sea-water/291117-62-128.html

    6. 1 man shot dead by police, 1 girl trampled to death, many injured

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      In addition to the 2 dead and many injured, police are going around imprisoning people including 60 youth and 3 women. They have threatened anyone protecting the peaceful protest leaders who are in hiding with death. A propaganda drive has ensued to denigrate the anti-nuclear movement as violent and criminal and fueled by Tamil Tigers and foreign NGOs which are blatant lies to cover up for the violence of the state.

      http://ens-newswire.com/2012/09/11/two-dead-in-protest-of-indias-largest-nuclear-power-plant/Share your latest development here.

    7. Water and milk supplies disrupted, village ransacked

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      Disturbing news kept coming from Koodankulam whole night. The police kept ransacking Idinthakarai and other villages. The protest venue near the church in Idinthakarai, where the villagers used to organise their large gatherings over last one year, is totally destroyed. Even the community kitchen near the church where people used to bring their contributions and cook collectively to sustain their movement is badly destroyed and the food items are ransacked.
      People are in shock and terror. Confined in separate villages, schools and other places, they are not able to keep in touch with each other as the communication and supply lines are broken. ...
      Please organise protests in your cities. Walk with black batches, put posters wherever possible, write letters to editors, sign petitions.
      http://www.dianuke.org/koodankulam-latest-pictures-of-repression-and-solidarity-protests/

    8. Tear gar and water cannons on peaceful protesters

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      Thousands protesting peacefully outside the nuclear power plant including women, children and the elderly have been tear gassed, fired with water cannons and lathi charged into the sea by police

      http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/police-crack-down-koodankulam-nuclear-power-plant-protest/1/187930.html

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. Up to 20,000 people camped outside nuclear power plant walls

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      Thousands of people including the elderly, women and children are protesting outside the walls of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant. They are camped out tonight in extreme weather conditions in protest against the draconian and undemocratic procedures of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited and those that they are party to.
      Please alert everyone including media as thousands of police and paramilitary have also gathered around them threatening them with violence. The world needs to be aware of how an Indo-Russian plant that is to be fueled with uranium from USA and France this week is oppressing the lives of ordinary people forced to live less than 1km away. In total there are about 1.5 million people living within 30km of this plant, one that has not released a safety analysis report, has insufficient water for emergencies plus many other environmental problems that have not been adequately dealt with. http://www.dianuke.org/peoples-seige-in-koodankulam-latest-pictures/

    11. Impossible Disasters, Psychiatrists and Nuclear Submarines

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      The struggle continues in south India against the commissing of the Koodankulam reactors. A Public Interest Litigation is in Madras High Court which is being petitioned by the Department of Atomic Energy with statements such as nuclear disasters are 'impossible' http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-06-13/chennai/32214065_1_kudankulam-nuclear-power-fukushima
      The government's decision to send in psychiatrists to counsel anti-nuclear protesters has drawn flak from all quarters, nationally and internationally. http://newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/article546439.ece
      And there is evidence to support the fact that the reason why the Indian government does not want to release the Inter-Governmental Agreement with Russia is because it contains an annexure that pertains to the development of a nuclear submarine (a violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty).

    12. FAKE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS DRILL IN 1 VILLAGE NEAR NUCLEAR PLANT

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      DISASTER PREPAREDNESS DRILL HAS BEEN CONDUCTED ILLEGALLY/ SECRETLY IN A SMALL VILLAGE CALLED IN NAKKANERI IN IRUNKANTHURAI PANCHAYAT TODAY (09.06.2012) MORNING BETWEEN 9.30AM TO 10.30 AM IN THE PRESENCE OF CHERANAMAHADEVI SUB COLLECTOR, MRS.ROHINI RAMADOSS, THE WIFE OF NELLAI, DISTRICT COLLECTOR SP. NEARLY 150 POLICE PERSONNEL HAS BEEN DEPLOYED TO BLOCK THE ENTRY OF TINY VILLAGE WITH 100 FAMILIES. DISTRICT COLLECTOR HAS INVITED PEOPLE AS IF THEY WERE GOING TO CONDUCT A MEDICAL CAMP AND STARTED IT BY INAGURATING IT. NPCIL OFFICALS WERE ALSO PRESENT AND ASKED PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR NEEDS.THERE SEEMED TO HAVE HAD SOME KIND OF EXERCISES GIVING OUT IODINE TABLETS, CARRYING PEOPEL IN STRETCHERS OUTSIDE OF THE VILLAGE WITH THEIR OWN MEN BROUGHT FROM OUTSIDE.

    13. Justice A. P. Shah reports on human rights abuses in Koodankulam

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      RECOMMENDATIONS

      - The right to speech is a constitutionally guaranteed right and the persons who are opposed to the plant are well within their right to speak about it. However by filing cases of sedition, waging war against the Government of India, and promoting disaffection between groups of persons, the people are being unnecessarily harassed by the misuse of criminal law, and their constitutional rights are being violated. The jury recommends that all cases against persons under these provisions be withdrawn as they are only exercising their legitimate right to protest and there was nothing to indicate that they were committing such serious offences.

      - An order under Section 144 CrPC can be made only in an emergency. In rural areas, such imposition for a large stretch of time can cause tremendous hardship. In this instance, it has resulted in the denial of people’s right to life and livelihood. It seems to be pushing people towards despair and penury and does not augur well...

    14. 1 mandatory report released and charges not yet dropped!

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      One of the mandatory reports on the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant has been released (Site Evaluation Report) but it is outdated and does not raise issues regarding tsunami, earthquake etc. See http://www.dianuke.org/koodankulam-site-evaluation-report-an-analysis-by-pmane/
      The report that was not released (Safety Analysis Report) has raised much controversy natiowide. See debate with Medha Patkar etc http://www.timesnow.tv/Debate-Nuke-Corps-secrecy/videoshow/4403337.cms
      The letter that was signed by UK MPs, MEPs and other leaders has been used by 60 others mainly from Australia to write to the Indian PM http://www.dianuke.org/stop-koodankulam-project-it-involves-abuse-of-democracy-ecology-and-human-rights/
      And others from across the world including 21 countries such as places like Japan and Taiwan have also written in.
      Still construction continues on the reactor and dummy assemblies have been removed for the uranium fuel. Nor have charges against anti-nuclear protesters been dropped.

    15. Psychiatrists sent out to study anti-nuclear protesters!

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      The Central government is outsourcing the task of checking and influencing the mental health of anti-nuclear protesters to the Bangalore based National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Studies (NIMHANS).

      Protesting groups should warmly welcome this news for at least two reasons.

      1) The Government admits that “real people,” not morons, are protesting and that these people can be adversely affected by its brain washing. 
In short, it indirectly admits that these people actually “have” brains.

      2) That this premier institute can do a job that has not yet been accomplished with torment, state terror and unilateralism since all previous dirty tactics have failed to make any discernible difference to the mental resolve of the Indian people.
      http://www.dianuke.org/a-big-thank-you-to-the-government-for-nimhans/

    16. Appeal to the conscience of the nation in India

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      This Sunday, Vandana Shiva, renowned environmentalist and eco-feminist, released the national appeal on Koodankulam at the India Gate in New Delhi. Releasing the appeal, she expressed her anguish on the undermining of democracy by the Indian government in its pursuit of nuclear energy. Inviting NIMHANS doctors to ‘treat’ the mindset opposing nuclear energy projects is reflective of the nuclear-obsessed government’s contempt for its own people and their concerns, she said.

      In Mumbai, famous film maker Anand Patwardhan and human-rights activist Binayak Sen released the appeal in Chaityabhoomi at Dadar. People expressed their solidarity to the ongoing struggle in Koodankulam and demanded that the police repression must stop immediately and the fabricated charges of sedition and ‘war against the Indian state’ put up against innocent local people protesting peacefully should be revoked.

    17. Contents of letter to Indian PM and CM from British MPs, MEP and others

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      ...Non-violent protesters are being intimidated, harassed, imprisoned, and falsely charged. We understand that from one police station alone, charges have been brought against more than 50,000 people including about 6,500 for sedition and ‘war against the state’ in the last eight months; and that approximately 24,000 people have returned their voter cards in protest whose families have later been denied their ration cards for essential provisions including food. The villages around the plant are placed under a prohibitory order under Section 144.
      We believe that these draconian measures are not in the interests of a democratic country such as India, and immediate amends should be made to drop these charges and impositions. In a country that has led the world as to non-violent protest which has had enormous impact in South Asia as well as countries such as the USA, South Africa amongst others, we appeal to you to not denigrate the legitimacy of such movements.
      We recommend that the...

    18. Letter to PM and CM & picket in London widely reported in South Asian media

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      Please see report on the London picket outside High Commission of India below with media links. It's important to keep up the pressure so as our demands are met in order to ensure justice and legal procedure when it comes to the construction of nuclear power plants. Please ensure others sign the petition as well. Other reports since include:
      http://ibnlive.in.com/news/protest-in-britain-over-kudankulam-nuclear-plant/259242-62-128.html

      http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/article3432983.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home

      http://zeenews.india.com/news/tamil-nadu/koodankulam-plant-british-mps-write-to-singh_776196.html

      http://www.omantribune.com/index.php?page=news&id=119469&heading=India

      http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=52243

    19. MPs and European Ministers sign letter for Manmohan Singh & Jayalalithaa

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      The letter has been timed to be given to the High Commission of London with the picket on Friday 18th. It has already received attention in the Indian mainstream newspaper, The Hindu.

    20. May 18th picket outside High Commission of India, Aldwych, London from 4pm

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      Stop Hinkley have won a victory in their struggle against the EDF nuclear power plant in UK and are also keen to support the anti-Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant struggle. Their name is to be added to the list of supporting organisations for Friday's picket in London. People are also grateful to the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy for their supporting press statement from south India to 'sisters and brothers of Britain' . Several politicians (Members of Parliament, Members of European Parliament and an Australian Senator) have signed up to a letter addressing concerns about the repression of anti-nuclear protesters in India as well as safety and site concerns about the nuclear power plant. The Indian government is adamant on persisting with the commissioning and despite calls from the Central Information Commission, have still not released mandatory reports for the public.

    21. Non-disclosure still of mandatory reports for the nuclear power plant

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      There has still been no response by the Indian government or the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited to the order made by Central Information Commission on May 1st to disclose mandatory reports. Instead the nuclear authorities persist on working around the clock to ensure that the first nuclear reactor in Koodankulam goes critical as soon as possible alongside the state repression of local people:
      The CIC order said: “All Safety Analysis Reports and Site Evaluation Reports, Site Evaluation reports and Environment Impact Assessment reports prepared before setting up nuclear plants should be displayed suo motto…such practice would be in accordance with the provisions of section 4 of the RTI Act and would result in greater trust in the government and its actions”.

    22. How Indian state officials are disregarding peaceful hunger strikers

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      The state is willing to negotiate with violent Naxalites etc, but not peaceful protesters who they would rather ignore and/or continue to intimidate. If this is the way they deal with non-violent protesters, what message is this sending out?

    23. Petition against state repression of local people from March 20

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-state-repression-against-anti-kknpp-activists#
      Video link below shows how women are at the forefront of this struggle with legitimate concerns about the safety of the plant and the health of their families, present and future.

    24. Further persecutions of local people around the Koodanukulam nuclear plant

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      Hunger strikers (day 13) have been threatened with arrests. Protesters have been charged with not having police permissions to begin a protest. And those 24,000 people who returned their voter cards in protest against the draconian measures of the Indian state and the intransigency of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited now face the prospect of their families being denied their ration cards. There seems to be no end to the state intimidation of local residents around the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
      Please do show your support for the struggling people of south India by attending the picket if you are in England, ensuring your friends sign this petition, & writing to your local politician about this problem of very grave human and global consequences requesting them to write directly to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pmindia@pmindia.nic.in, manmohan@sansad.nic.in and
      Chief Minister Jayalalithaa - Chief Secretary cs@tn.gov.in, Additional Chief Secretary cmcell@tn.gov.in

    25. Picket the High Commission of India, London, Friday May 18th 4-7pm

      Rashmi Kohli
      Petition Organizer

      NO MORE CHERNOBYLS!
      NO MORE FUKUSHIMAS!
      NO NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN KOODANKULAM!

      Picket the High Commission of India Aldwych, London WC2B
      Friday 18th May 2012 4.00pm – 7.00pm

      South Asia Solidarity Group, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Foil Vedanta, Globalise Resistance, South West Against Nuclear (SWAN)

      In the face of massive protests from local people, the Indian government, in collaboration with Russian company Atomsroyexport, has been constructing a large-scale nuclear power plant in Koodankulam in south India. More than 300 people are on hunger strike in protest against the construction. The government has reacted to the protests by deploying thousands of police and paramilitary forces in order to commission the reactor in a military style operation. This will have serious consequences for the life and ecology of the whole of peninsular India.
      Non-violent protesters are being intimidated, harassed, imprisoned, and falsely charged....

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    Reasons for signing

    • Suresh Veluru CHICAGO, IL
      • 12 months ago

      There is no option to not to support this petition. Nuclear Energy is the solution to India's power problems. I agree proper compensation needs to be paid to people who lose thier property or livelihood because of this project.

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      • about 1 year ago

      Because it is all about the right to live safe in ones motherland

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    • Jerilyn Cook OGUNQUIT, ME
      • about 1 year ago

      the earth is important to our survival and nuclear power is dangerous to the earth.we need to divest from these dangers and support solar energy

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    • Dennis Wyatt MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      WHAT THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT IS DOING IS VERY WRONG AND VERY DANGEREOUS!!!

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    • Rahul Summon INDIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Nuclear Power is not that safe still

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