Mumbai: Agitation against the Jaitapur nuclear power plant is gaining steam with every passing day. Jumping on the protest bandwagon, Retired Supreme Court Judge Justice PB Sawant along with former Navy head, Admiral (retd) L Ramdas joined the war cry against the nuke plant in Maharashtra.

On Saturday, Justice Sawant, and Ramdas spearheaded a protest rally.  They along with other protestors were detained by police when they were marching from Tarapur to Jaitapur.

The three-day Tarapur-Jaitapur march was aimed at creating awareness about the hazards of nuclear energy to be generated at the proposed plant in Jaitapur and to expose the government’s standing on the matter.

Scores of people including environmentalists and several displaced people from other industrial sites including Tarapur, Gorakhpur in Haryana, Haripur in West Bengal and Kakrapar in Gujarat participated in the protest rally.

As the protestors left Tarapur after a daylong meeting, they were detained by the police. They were brought to the Boisar MIDC police station.

Notably, a protestor named Tabrez Sayekar was killed in police firing on protestors opposing the nuclear project in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district this week.

Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray will meet the family of Tabrez in Sakhri-Nate village on Monday.

Meanwhile, amidst rising protest over Jaitapur nuclear plant, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh maintained that concern over nuke-plant in Maharashtra was genuine after the earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan.

"We cannot abandon the project. But a pause is the best option till a transparent nuclear policy is formulated," Ramesh said.

JPN/Bureau