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Press Note                                                 December 9, 1999

People's Movements and other Organisations in Mumbai
Strongly Condemn the attack on Narmada Bachao Andolan

We strongly condemn the barbaric act of a few miscreants, who attacked the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) office at Baroda last night.

We are clear that the hysterical atmosphere created in the state by the Government and other politicians have incited these few to take law into their hands. Instead of having a meaningful dialogue with NBA with facts and figures, turning to violence is a cowardly act. Forcefully entering the office with lethal weapons like knives and revolver, injuring an activist and burning valuable documents is no way to deal with a non-violent movement like NBA.

We wonder, is this the real Kar Seva which the likes of Sharad Joshi wanted to perform? This is the continuation of earlier attack on NBA office on March 21, 1994, where MLA, Mayor and others of both BJP and Congress burned valuable files and destroyed materials.

We mince no words to condemn this fascist action, overtly or covertly scripted and performed by the State and a few politicians, in this eve of Human Rights Day.

  • Mihir Desai Indian Centre for Human Rights and Law
  • Deepak Mepani Kutch Development Forum
  • Deepika - Indian People's Tribunal on Environment and Human Rights
  • Adv.Colin Gonsalvis Human Right Law Network
  • Mahendra Singh National Alliance of People's Movements
  • Rajan Singh Adivasi Rights Law Network
  • Rajendra Sail INSAF
  • Hasina Khan Awaz-E-Niswan
  • Ashok Kumar - Save Western Ghats Movement
  • Bharat Mansatta Earthcare Books
  • Kavita YUVA
  • Shanawas Pathan Manav Mukthi Morcha, Maharashtra
  • Vasudev Juvatkar Footpathwasi Nagarik Sangathan
  • Sandeep Yeole Ferrywalla Vikas Mahasangh
  • Vineeta Mansatta Intranet
  • Ulka Mahajan Soshit Jan Andolan
  • Bhavani Sashtri Students Action Committee
  • Jagdeesh Khairalia Samajwadi Jan Parishad
  • Aravinda / Ravi AID, India
  • Kiran Prerana