NBA Press Release
  27 June 2007
Save The Narmada, Save Humanity!

URGENT APPEAL FOR SUPPORT - II

2, Sai nagar, Mata Chowk,
Khandwa,
Madhya Pradesh
Tel/FAX: 0733-2228418, 09425394606, 09425928007
Email: nobigdams[at]sancharnet.in

Dear friends,

The growing indefinite dharna at Khandwa by the people of Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar Dams has entered its 24th day. In this, five representatives of the struggle has been fasting for an indefinite period since last 22 days.

The dharna began on the 4th of June, 2007 with a resounding rally of over 12,000 oustees of the Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar dams in the town of Khandwa followed by a gherao of the NHDC (Narmada Hydro-Development Corporation) who is building the dam. Since then 5000 oustees have been sitting on dharna in Khandwa with the resolve that they would go back to their villages only when their demands are met.

Yesterday, police forcefully tried to disrupt the protest by removing the people who are fasting since last 22 days. While resisting, about 12 people were badly hurt and were taken to hospital. Two of the fasters were forcibly put on drip. The other two are continuing with their fast. In response to the ruthless behaviour of the police 2000 oustees took a protest rally to the Collectorate's Office where they were again lathicharged and mistreated. However despite police brutalities and the attempt of the state to break up the dharna, the people are not deterred and are continuing with their struggle with greater force.

So far, the villagers have taken complete financial and logistical responsibility for the program, and the atmosphere is heady. We started with 5 kgs. of grain and one kg. of dal and just Rs. 25 per oustee. Food for 5000 people is being cooked and served twice a day at premises provided to us by the local Gurudwara. Even in this tense atmosphere, people share their experiences along with singing and dancing everyday to cheer up. Counter for filing complaints and counseling have also been organised. In the last 20 days, more than 12,000 complaints have been prepared and filed with the NHDC.

Now this protest is at its peak but we are wearing out our resources. Hence, we would like to take this opportunity to request you to help us financially and physically by volunteering and by any other means you can. Please send your Cheques or Bank Drafts in the name of Narmada Bachao Andolan payable at Indore (nearest big city) to -

Narmada Bachao Andolan

2, Sai nagar, Mata Chowk,

Khandwa, M.P. 450 001

Ph- 094259-28007, 0733-228418/2270014

email- nobigdam@bsnl.in

We hope, as always, your will extend your full support to ensure the rights of thousands of struggling oustees.

Please note that we don't accept any foreign contribution.

In solidarity ,

Alok Agarwal, Chittaroopa Palit, Krishnabai, Bhagwan Mukati