NBA Press Release
  04 September 2001
Save The Narmada, Save Humanity!

Chief Minister Expresses Grief Over Lathi Charge:
Meets NBA Delegation at Kasaravad - Promises Action: Dharna Continues

NARMADA BACHAO ANDOLAN
B-13, Shivam Flats
Ellora Park,
Baroda-390007
Tel: 0265-282232
Email: baroda@narmada.org

62, Mahatma Gandhi Road,
Badwani,
Madhya Pradesh - 451551
Tel: 07290-22464
Email: badwani@narmada.org

Today (4.9.'01) Chief Minister Shri.Digvijay Singh has met a delegation of Narmada Bachao Andolan, including Medha Patkar, Rakesh Diwan and others, who were injured in the lathi charge (cane beating), at Kasaravad (Baba Amte's house), in the presence of Baba and Sadhanatai Amte and assured that he will look into the demand of an independent enquiry into the incident, by a retired Judge. During his 45 mts of stay at Kasaravad, Baba Amte has condemned the police excess on the peaceful demonstrators, not sparing even the children and women. After hearing the delegation the Chief Minister expressed shock and grief over the incident.

Medha Patkar and others briefed him in detail about the unprovacative action of the police, at the Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) office on peaceful demonstrators who went there to register their opposition to the unlawful distribution of cash, in lieu of land,which the government is required to give to the oustees of Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP).

Inspite of police trying to create terror, the dharna, with over 800 people from different villages of Nimad, went on today also with renewed strength and commitment. The people are watching the actions of the Commissioner, Indore as well as the Chief Minister, failing which, they vowed to intensify the agitation. People will be on dharna till the promises are made a reality.

Many organisations and eminent people, from different parts of the country have condemned the undemocratic action of the police. They include, senior social activist Swami Agnivesh, noted writer Arundhati Roy, socialist thinker Surendra Mohan, environmentalist Ashish Kothari, Aid India and others.

In an expression of paramount solidarity with the people of Narmada Valley, noted film maker Anand Patwardhan has resigned from the Board of Trustees of Bharat Bhawan, a Government of Madhya Pradesh run centre for Art and Culture. In his resignation letter he wrote, "..I would have persisted in the hope that in future, remedial action may still bring this institution to the path of democratic culture, but my hopes have been dashed by the Madhya Pradesh Government.

One may remember that over 800 people were targeted by the police, under the orders of SDM Nilkant Tikkam, injuring over 21 people, out of which 3 were hospitatlised. The injured are recovering and they are back with the people who are on dharna. Today (4.9.'01) Chief Minister Shri.Digvijay Singh has met a delegation of Narmada Bachao Andolan, including Medha Patkar, Rakesh Diwan and others, who were injured in the lathi charge (cane beating), at Kasaravad (Baba Amte's house), in the presence of Baba and Sadhanatai Amte and assured that he will look into the demand of an independent enquiry into the incident, by a retired Judge. During his 45 mts of stay at Kasaravad, Baba Amte has condemned the police excess on the peaceful demonstrators, not sparing even the children and women. After hearing the delegation the Chief Minister expressed shock and grief over the incident.

Medha Patkar and others briefed him in detail about the unprovacative action of the police, at the Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) office on peaceful demonstrators who went there to register their opposition to the unlawful distribution of cash, in lieu of land,which the government is required to give to the oustees of Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP).

Inspite of police trying to create terror, the dharna, with over 800 people from different villages of Nimad, went on today also with renewed strength and commitment. The people are watching the actions of the Commissioner, Indore as well as the Chief Minister, failing which, they vowed to intensify the agitation. People will be on dharna till the promises are made a reality.

Many organisations and eminent people, from different parts of the country have condemned the undemocratic action of the police. They include, senior social activist Swami Agnivesh, noted writer Arundhati Roy, socialist thinker Surendra Mohan, environmentalist Ashish Kothari, Aid India and others.

In an expression of paramount solidarity with the people of Narmada Valley, noted film maker Anand Patwardhan has resigned from the Board of Trustees of Bharat Bhawan, a Government of Madhya Pradesh run centre for Art and Culture. In his resignation letter he wrote, "..I would have persisted in the hope that in future, remedial action may still bring this institution to the path of democratic culture, but my hopes have been dashed by the Madhya Pradesh Government.

One may remember that over 800 people were targeted by the police, under the orders of SDM Nilkant Tikkam, injuring over 21 people, out of which 3 were hospitatlised. The injured are recovering and they are back with the people who are on dharna.

Joe Athialy