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2 killed in protests against power plant in Andhra
Hyderabad, Feb 28 (IANS):
Published on 28 Feb. 2011 11:49 PM IST
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Two people were killed and two injured Monday when police opened fire to quell violent protests against a controversial thermal power plant in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, police said.
Police opened fire when the villagers attacked them with iron rods, sticks and stones at Vadditandra village of Santhabommali mandal in Srikakulam district, bordering Orissa.
The police opened fire after rubber bullets, teargas shells and baton charge failed to bring the situation under control, a police officer said.
The rampaging mobs set afire a police vehicle and fought pitched battles with the police in the village, about two km from Kakarapally, where East Coast Energy Pvt. Limited (ECEPL) is setting up a 2,640 MW coal-based thermal power plant at a cost of Rs.12,000 crore.
The situation in Vadditandra and surrounding villages is highly tense and police are sending additional forces from Srikakulam town.
At least 25 protesters were injured in the clashes with police Feb 25. The villagers, including fishermen, are trying to stop the work.

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