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Salur NCC power plant; people up in arms

Salur NCC power plant; people up in arms

Resisting the Nagarjuna Construction Company thermal power plant at
Salur in Srikakulam district, the local people were up in arms.
Hundreds of people prevented the launch ceremony of the power project.
Police resorted to lathicharge, teargas and firing to disperse the
crowd. Two people died in the police firing. The enraged crowd
attacked the houses of congress leaders supporting the establishing of
the power plant and set them on fire.The situation in the entire
Srikakulam district is tense with curfew like atmosphere prevailing.

Fifty seven TDP legislators were suspended Thursday after the
Opposition disrupted proceedings in Andhra Pradesh Assembly demanding
resignation of state Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao on the
issue of police firing on villagers opposing a power plant in
Srikakulam district. The government announced an ex-gratia payment of
Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of deceased. All the opposition parties also
demanded a judicial probe by a sitting judge of the High Court into
the incident.

Meanwhile, the apellate tribunal declined to give environmental
clearance to the NCC thermal power plant at Salur.

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