Chennai: The People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) leading the protest against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project on Tuesday announced its decision of call off its indefinite hunger strike while continuing with the relay fasting.

PMANE's Struggle Committee in a statement said it was calling off the hunger strike, as requested by former chief justice of Madras and Delhi high courts AP Shah and others.

"Although 25 men and 302 women were on indefinite hunger strike from May 1 and May 4, respectively, neither the Government of Tamil Nadu nor the Government of India invited us for talks or any kind of negotiations on our 11 demands," the statement said.

It said the "central and state governments rushed to talk to Maoists who kidnap and kill officials and politicians. They even grant their demands".

"But these governments completely dismiss the legitimate demands of our fishermen and farmers who have been waging a peaceful, non-violent and democratic struggle for the past nine months. This is definitely not a healthy trend and it could send wrong messages to our youth and children," the statement added.

It said that with the termination of the hunger strike, its relay fast protest had resumed.


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