German Journalist Weiland Wagner Detained At Koodankulam Released
30 October, 2012
In another instance of police high handedness German journalist Weiland Wagner was detained at koodankulam and later released after five and hours of police interrogation. This evening, Wieland Wagner, a reporter with German magazine Der Spiegel was picked up after he reportedly entered the Koodankulam nuclear power plant seeking an interview with officials. He was stopped after he went past the security at the first gate. Mr. Wieland Wagner was released from the Pazhavur police station at around 10 p.m. after having been detained and detained for nearly 5.30 hours.
According to Mr. Wagner, his mobile phone was seized when the police picked him up, and he was prevented from making any phone calls to his magazine despite his requests. After completing his interviews in Idinthakarai, Mr. Wagner went to Koodankulam to visit the power plant and interview officials. He sought entry at the main gate by stating his intent to see the Visitor Centre and possibly interview officials. The guards at the gate obliged. At the second gate, he was stopped and told that he was not meant to be in there. The police then took him to Pazhavur Police Station, where he was interrogated. He was detained for more than 5 hours despite having displayed his press credentials to the police.
Three police personnel who were manning the gates are reportedly under suspension.
This is the last in a series of police action against visiting journalists at Koodankulam. On october 25 Australian Film-maker David Bradbury and his family were detained, interrogated and later released by the police. The police claimed that they were not arrested, and merely asked to leave the district. David Bradbury and family were stopped at Thomas Mandapam, and taken to Radhapuram Police Station and subsequently released. He was on a business visa. A policeman from Radhapuram PS said idinthakarai was off-limits because Section 144 had been declared there.
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