Tension in Idinthakarai as fishermen clash with country bombs
Tension gripped the coastal hamlet of Idinthakarai in this southern district as fishermen of two factions hurled country bombs and clashed with each other over raging rivalry, today.
Police said there was enmity between two factions of fishermen over anchoring of boats and difference of opinion over supporting the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), which is located near the Idinthakarai village.
While one of the fishermen groups reported to have the backing of the anti-nuclear activists was said to have been threatening another group of fishermen, who were supporting the nuclear project. The fishermen had earlier clashed using country bombs on August 24 mid night, last year.
Miscreants snapped the rope of an anchored fiberglass boat owned by John Xavier at Idinthakarai coast, last mid night. The boat suffered damages as it crashed on the rocks. There was a wordy quarrel between two groups of fishermen over the issue near Our Lady of Lourdes Church, this morning resulting in a free for all. Both the groups hurled more than 30 country-bombs.
Preliminary reports said no casualties and damages to properties were reported in the clash, as many of the country bombs did not explode.
Senior police officials, led by Valliyur Deputy Superintendent of Police P Balaji along with a large posse of policemen rushed to the village and restored normalcy. Police seized two live country bombs from the village and were investigating.
(Posted on 23-06-2014)