The police on Wednesday foiled protestors’ attempt to reach near the 9,900-Mw Jaitapur nuclear project site in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Nearly 2,000 activists, who had taken out a protest march against the project, were arrested and shifted to a makeshift jail at one of the schools in the area.

Villagers adjacent to the project site reiterated their demand for the cancellation of the nuclear project citing safety and security risks. On Wednesday’s protest march was supported by the opposition Shiv Sena and Left parties.