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No nuke secrets with missing scientist
KAIGA (KARNATAKA)/BANGALORE, JUN 12 (IANS):
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Published on 12 Jun. 2009 11:33 PM IST
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Lokanath Mahalingam, the senior scientific officer of the state-run Kaiga atomic power plant in coastal Karnataka who is missing since Monday, had no access to sensitive documents or nuclear secrets, top officials said Friday. “There is no sensitive and strategic information with him,” G. Nageshwara Rao, director of operations of Nuclear Power Corporation of India that operates atomic powers plants in the country, told reporters at Kaiga, 500 km from Bangalore. “Mahalingam was in charge of training the new recruits,” Rao added. V.V. Sanath Kumar, director of the Kaiga power plant, asserted there was no fear of Mahalingam being kidnapped for possessing nuclear secrets. Mahalingam, a 47-year-old mechanical engineering graduate, was working in the simulation training centre at the power plant. Mahalingam, who hails from Chennai, left home in the Kaiga township Monday morning for a walk. There has been no trace of him since then. His wife Vinayakar Sundari lodged the missing-person complaint with police Monday evening. Rao flew down from Mumbai, the headquarters of NPC, to address the press along with Sanath Kumar in the wake of speculation in a section of the media that Mahalingam was a top nuclear scientist with knowledge of nuclear secrets because of which he might have been kidnapped. The Uttara Kannada district police, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) which guards the Kaiga power plant, and forest department officials have been searching for Mahalingam since Tuesday. Kaiga township is surrounded by the 1,000-acre Mallapur forest, where police have been carrying on their search operation. Due to seasonal heavy rains, police personnel are finding it hard to negotiate a swelling Kali river in the Western Ghats, adjoining the township. The police had already searched in the 100-acre Kaiga township but failed to trace Mahalingam. K’taka police clueless Police Friday admitted that they hadn’t made any progress in the operation that was launched a day before to find a missing senior scientific officer of the state-run Kaiga atomic plant in coastal Karnataka. “We’re yet to get any credible clue to track the missing scientist. The operation is on and hopefully we’ll soon make some positive progress in our operation,” Uttara Kannada District Superintendent of Police Raman Gupta said on phone from Kaiga, about 500 km from here. L. Mahalingam, 47, a senior scientific officer working with Kaiga atomic power plant for the last 10 years, left home Monday morning for a walk but did not return. His wife Vinayakar Sundari lodged a missing complaint with the police on Monday evening. A special search team was formed on Thursday to find the scientist. “We’re leaving no stone unturned to trace the scientist but the geography of the area is posing as a hindrance in our investigations. It is not easy to find a person in the deep forests,” said Gupta. Kaiga township is surrounded by the 1,000-acre Mallapur forest, where the police is currently carrying on their search operation. Moreover, due to seasonal heavy rains, police personnel are finding it hard to negotiate a swelling Kali river in the Western Ghats, adjoining the township. I will find out details of missing scientist: PC SRINAGAR: Union home minister P Chidambaram on Friday said he will find out details of the mysterious disappearance of a scientist from Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant in Karnataka. “...when I will go back to Delhi, I will find out. I will find out what efforts have been made,” he told reporters. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) which guards the plant and local police have launched a joint operation to trace scientist N Mahalingam who went missing five days back. The team is trying to investigate whether it was a case of abduction or the 47-year-old scientist went somewhere by himself. Mahalingam who worked at the Simulator Training Division of the Power Plant went for a morning walk on June 8 but did not return, police officers said. A complaint was lodged by his wife on the same day in Mallapur police station in Karwar. A joint search team was set up immediately and it combed the entire Kaiga residential campus spread over 100 acres and searched a pond as part of the operation, the police said.

 
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