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

Many Injured In Police Lathi-charge at Chotta Badada in Nimad
One girl hospitalized: People Resolute

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Scores of villagers, including a 13 year girl, were injured in the unprovoked police lathi charge upon the villagers at Chotta Badada in Nimad region in Narmada valley, wen they were peacefully resisting the forcible survey by the officials on Saturday ( 28th September). Anita Dhangar (13) was hospitalized due to the serious head injury. Over 150 police descended down upon the village where over 500 people were resisting the survey by the people. The police station has refused to accept the complaint by the people. The people are still resolute against allowing the survey

The infamous and highly arrogant sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Mr.Tikam, along with Mr. Upal of Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) of Badwani led the officials and police. This incident has come closely on the heels of a similar one at Pipri on 25th September and when an enquiry is still in progress about the lathi charge in Badwani on 4th September. This must be seen in the context of the recent developments in Madhya Pradesh where the Narmada Valley Development Authorities and local officials have been entering villages with huge police forces to survey. The people are resisting these surveys demanding that the Government first prove that the land was available. Instead the state Government is bullying the people into foregoing their rights.

We condemn this incident as an attempt to forcibly displace the people against the law and provisions of resettlement. At the same time it is an attempt to camouflage the failure of the Madhya Pradesh Government to squarely face the basic issue raised by the people.

The State Government has commissioned an enquiry under the Additional Commissioner, Indore to inquire into the lathi charge on 3rd September is still in progress. When some three hundred Sardar Sarovar affected people reached NVDA office in Badwani demanding information about the resettlement arrangements they were brutal attacked by the police resulting in 21 people being hospitalized and scores others injured

Sanjay Sangvai
Ashish Mandloi
Clifton D'Rozario