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Protest against Maharashtra nuclear power plant

Mumbai: Coinciding with the visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy to India, hundreds of people today staged a protest near Jaitapur, the site of the proposed nuclear power project to be built in collaboration with the France-based company Areva.

The protesters included environmentalists, villagers and farmers, who do not want to give away their land for the mega project in the coastal Ratnagiri district. The multi-billion project was cleared by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests late last month with some conditions.

Scores of protesters, including leaders like Arun Velaskar, were arrested at Madban, around 12km from Jaitapur, and taken away in vans, police said.

Those arrested included leaders of voluntary groups Konkan Bachao Andolan and Janahit Seva Samiti, which are spearheading the stir, the activists said, adding, the local fishing community also took part in the demonstration.

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