Bomb blast near India nuclear plant kills six: Police

Published: November 27, 2013
Home-made bomb accidentally exploded overnight in village near Kudankulam power plant in southern state of Tamil Nadu. PHOTO: FILE

Home-made bomb accidentally exploded overnight in village near Kudankulam power plant in southern state of Tamil Nadu. PHOTO: FILE

NEW DELHI: A bomb blast near India’s biggest nuclear power plant killed six people, police said Wednesday, sparking a probe into whether the explosion was linked to protests against the facility.

The home-made bomb accidentally exploded overnight in a village near Kudankulam power plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, destroying three homes and causing injuries, the district police chief told AFP.

“The bomb exploded accidently inside a house. Six people died and three more are seriously injured,” police superintendant Vijayendra Bidari said.

“Some anti-nuclear activists were living in this village. This house was being used as a bomb-making facility. We are investigating from all angles,” he said.

The coastal village is some four kilometres from the Russian-built plant which opened in October after delays and often violent protests by locals fearing a radiation leak.

A senior official at the Department of Atomic Energy said the plant was safe and functioning normally, the Press Trust of India said.

Television footage showed at least three homes collapsed from the force of the blast in Idinagarai Tsunami colony, part of Idinthakarai village, from where most of the protests in recent years have stemmed.

The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, which has been spearheading protests against the plant, denied its supporters were involved in the explosion, local media reports said.

Some residents were stockpiling small, crude bombs because they were embroiled in a feud with others in the village, according to the Times of India. The bomb exploded while the villagers were assembling it.

Opponents of the plant, located on the coast devastated by the 2004 Asian tsunami, say it is built in a seismically sensitive area and are concerned about a Fukushima-style disaster.

The plant – the plans for which were first drawn up in 1988 – is designed to help meet a surging demand for electricity in Asia’s third-largest economy where power blackouts are frequent.

It is one of many that India hopes to build as part of its aim of generating 63,000 megawatts of nuclear power by 2030 – part of a planned near 15-fold rise from current levels, according to the Nuclear Power Corp.

The project attained “criticality” – the point when a nuclear chain reaction becomes self-sustaining – in July and started pumping electricity months later.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • oton
    Nov 27, 2013 - 3:42PM

    and now they will start blaming pakistan! Irresponsible people


  • PakiMujahid
    Nov 27, 2013 - 4:36PM

    Yess……Done by pakistan..alhamdullilah…Recommend

  • dude
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:09PM

    can you blame anyone if they start blaming pakistan? so pls cool down. pakistan is famous for these kind of activities in all its neighboring countries including china.Recommend

  • Akon
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:11PM

    @oton Say that when they blame you. Indians are not good at conspiracy theories unlike Pakistanis whose world revolves around RAW, CIA and Mossad. Recommend

  • mbd4u
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:01PM

    we didn’t told anyone name of pakistanis. We know our problem and not like you like.flood happens in pakistan mean it’s indian conspiracy . First see inside your house before telling about neighbour house. .


  • Stellar
    Nov 27, 2013 - 7:00PM

    Germany is doing away with nuclear power plants. All the plants will be dismantled by year 2022. Many European countries are planning to completely put an end to nuclear power plants. Chernobyl, Russia and Fukishima, Japan, disasters are enough to open our eyes. Japan is also ending nuclear power generation in near future.
    Hydel, coal, solar, wind and other renewable energy resources need to be developed to make this world a safe place.


  • Zen
    Nov 27, 2013 - 7:52PM

    If Pakistani commentators are saying they have done it, then it must be the true.


  • goldconsumer
    Dec 5, 2013 - 4:40PM

    Yes this time you people are careful. Otherwise the world saw what happened in Mubai attack drama.


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