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Three stopped from entering Ratnagiri

From the Indian Express

March 7, 2011

Ratnagiri police on Sunday prohibited three activists who have been protesting against the Jaitapur nuclear power project from entering the district. The Konkan Bachao Vinashkari Prakalp Samiti was scheduled to hold a meeting at Pawas, about 50 km from Jaitapur.

Ratnagiri SP Pradeep Raskar said prohibitory orders had been issued against activists Vaishali Patil, Justice B G Kolse-Patil and Justice P B Sawant for 15 days as they could “create tension in the district during their visit”. While Patil and Kolse-Patil have been served with similar notices twice in the past, Sawant has been served notice for the first time. In the past, Sawant had been restrained once, but no orders were issued against him.

Earlier in the week, prominent activist Dr Milind Desai was arrested in a rioting case registered against him and others in December. Desai is still in police custody. Desai was picked up two days after he spoke against the government during a public meeting of locals with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in Jaitapur. During the same meeting, Patil was asked to leave the premises as she did not belong to the affected area. She refused to budge and it led to a confrontation with the police.

Locals from the villages of Madban, Mithgavane, Karel, Nate and Sakri Nate are protesting against the world’s largest nuclear power park to be set up in the coastal Konkan region of Jaitapur.

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