Maintaining pressure on the activists protesting against the nuclear power plant at Koodankulam,a team of Central officials conducted a search at the office of an NGO run by S P Udayakumar,the leader of the agitation,following allegations that the protesters had received funds from abroad to organise the agitations.
The team of three officials from the Foreign Division of the Union Home Ministry landed in Nagercoil on Thursday and checked the accounts and other details of the South Asian Community Centre for Education and Research Trust run by Udayakumar and his wife Meera. The trust runs a school in Nagercoil.
The team also searched Udayakumars residence nearby and sought clarifications from Meera regarding the activities of the trust. The officials also questioned their connection with Sonnteg Reiner Hermann,a German national who was deported recently due to suspicion that he had a role to play in the agitations.
Claiming that he had nothing to hide,Udayakumar,the convenor of Peoples Movement Against Nuclear Energy,said the latest action from the Centre was an attempt at intimidation due to the protests he helped organise. All the money that the trust received have been accounted for and necessary documents have been sent to the ministry as is mandatory, he said.
Now at Idinthakarai where the protest is still going on in the form of a relay fast,Udayakumar told the media that the trust had received a letter from the ministry seeking clarifications on foreign donations about a month ago. He was asked to present himself in Delhi,which he refused to comply with citing the ongoing activities at Koodankulam.