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Jaitapur nuke row: Curfew imposed in Ratnagiri

Mumbai: The day-long bandh called by the opposition Shiv Sena to protest the setting up of a nuclear power project in Jaitapur on Tuesday turned violent forcing the authorities to impose a curfew in the violence-hit Ratnagiri district.

According to reports, the move was taken shortly after a mob ransacked a district hospital and torched buses.

The mob attacked the district hospital and damaged its postmortem wing in Ratnagiri besides setting on fire some state transport buses and other vehicles, according to government officials.

With the Opposition sharpening its attack on the ruling Democratic Front (DF) government over the proposed 9900 MW Nuclear Power Project in Jaitapur, the Leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly Eknath Khadse demanded a judicial probe into yesterday’s police firing in which one person was killed.

Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has warned that the DF government will have to pay a “heavy price” for police firing.

“It is time for Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to pack up and go home,” Thackeray said.

Tavrez Sejkar was yesterday killed in police firing at Sakhrinate village when around 600-700 locals protesting against the project, attacked the local police station.

The project, with six nuclear reactors of 1,600 MW each would be one of the largest N-power projects in the world, has courted controversy over concerns of safety and threat to ecology.

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