Mandaleshwar (Khargaon Dist), Jan. 11. (PTI): Booker prize winner Arundhati Roy along with 400 Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activists were arrested when they tried to lay siege to the prohibited site of Maheshwar Hydel project here today.
The District Collector, Bhupal Singh, said the agitators entered the dam site early this morning, defying prohibitory orders promulgated by the district administration, and resorted to sit- in-dharna in one of the pits of the dam.
Even as the agitators continued their dharna, the construction work, plying of dumpers and other excavator machinery continued functioning undisturbed. Some representatives of foreign NGOs also participated in the agitation, he said.
``Initially, we urged the agitators to disperse from the prohibited area but when they refused, we had to act as per the law,'' Singh said adding that police had to physically lift Arundhati and NBA leader Chittarupa Palit from the site.