Mumbai: One person was killed and several others were injured while police fired at protestors agitating against the proposed Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant in Maharashtra and they tried to set a police station ablaze on Monday.

Several policemen are also reported to have been injured when the agitators pelted stones on them.

Reacting on Union Minister of Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh’s statement that the government will carry on with the nuclear project, the protestors started agitating at the site.

The protestors along with Shiv Sena MLA Rajan Salvi reached the site and began their protests. The police arrested around 150 people and the MLA too.

Many women and men gathered around the police station demanding release of the arrested people. The police resorted to lathicharge when they tried to set police station on fire.

Retaliating to the lathicharge, the protestors started pelting stones and the cops fired to disperse the crowd. 30-year-old Tabrez Abdullah was killed in firing and one is said to be in serious condition.

The protest intensified after the residents of Ratnagiri got support from Shiv Sena. Following the police firing, the party has declared a bandh on Tuesday in the district.

The 9990 MW nuclear power project is expected to come up at Rajapur Taluka with assistance of France.

JPN/Bureau