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NBA Press Release                                 12th August, 1999

MEDHA PATKAR AND OTHERS RELEASED : SATYAGRAHA CONTINUES AS PEOPLE REPLACE THOSE ARRESTED AT DOMKHEDI : ARUNDHATI ROY REACHES THE VALLEY

All the 62 people, who were arrested yesterday at Domkhedi Satyagraha site while they were in waist deep water, were released today at 3.00pm unconditionally by the Maharashtra police at Dhadgaon. Soon after the release, Medha Patkar and all the Satyagahis along with many local supporters took out a rally in the town condemning the submergence and subsequent arrest by the Government and reiterated their resolve to fight by returning back to the Satyagraha site to continue, where Satyagraha was replaced by another group of satyagrahis. The satyagrahis released along with Medha Patkar are expected to reach Domkhedi late tonight.

In the meantime noted writer/novelist and booker prize winner Arundhati Roy has reached Jalsindhi/Domkhedi. Immediately on hearing the rise of water Ms.Arundhati Roy rushed to the valley to give moral support to all the Satyagrahis, and villages whose house and field will be/got submerged, while the water rises, and reached Jalsindhi today morning.

Meanwhile protest programs, against the submergence of large number of farms and houses, arrest and detention of Medha Patkar and other Satyagrahis are being carried out at various places in the country, especially at Bombay, Ernakulam, etc. through rallies and dharnas. Hundreds of supporters from all over the country are also sending protest letters to Maharashtra Government and the President of India, appealing to stop this destructive development and human rights violation in the Narmada valley.

Rasikbhai Gajanand, M.K.Sukumar and Nandini Oza