Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam [ Images ] leader Vaiko, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader and MP Thol Thirumavalavan, pro-Tamil leader P Nedumaran along with hundreds of activists and fishermen were detained by a heavy posse of police when they tried to take out a march towards the secretariat.
Thirumavalavan said that not only Kudankulam, but also Kalpakkam and all nuclear power stations in the country should be closed. He said TN Chief Minister Jayalalithaa [ Images ] should not stand on prestige and instead make efforts to close the project.
To coincide with the assembly-siege, anti-nuclear activists formed a human chain in the sea off Idinthakarai, the focal point of the yearlong stir in support of the demand.
S P Udhayakumar, convenor of People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy spearheading the protest, told reporters at Idinthakarai that on October 31, their supporters would submit memoranda to various embassies in New Delhi [ Images ] and Chennai highlighting the "need" to stop nuclear power plants.
Fishermen from 13 coastal districts in Tamil Nadu and nine in Kerala [ Images ] and Puducherry would join the protest on that day.
Udhayakumar claimed 25,000 people have joined the protest in Chennai and it was a big victory.
Commissioning of the first unit of the KNPP was originally scheduled for December last year but has been delayed due to the protest.