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Medha Patkar at AIIMS, condition stable

Thursday, 06 April , 2006, 10:52
New Delhi: Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar, who was forcibly removed from the spot of her indefinite hunger strike, was under observation at the AIIMS while 27 of her supporters were arrested by the police in an overnight swoop.
However, police maintained that Patkar, agitating for the resettlement rights of people displaced by the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP), has not been arrested. Read: Medha Patkar ‘critical’, hospitalised
Doctors at the AIIMS said the NBA leader was kept under observation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where she was conscious and her condition stable.
Police sources said an FIR has been lodged against Patkar on charges of attempt to commit suicide. She is likely to be arrested after her health improves.
NBA activists have been staging protests here since March 17 against the decision of the Narmada Control Authority to raise the height of the dam. It says nearly 35,000 families will be rendered homeless due to submergence.
Besides Patkar, Jamsinh Nargave and Bhagwatibai Patidar from the SSP affected villages began an indefinite fast on March 29. Twenty-seven NBA activists were arrested on Wednesday night on charges of rioting and preventing government servants from performing their duty.
The NBA says the Sardar Sarovar Dam project has uprooted communities living in the Narmada Valley for the past many centuries.

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Medha Patkar hospitalised, critical

Tribune News Service & PTI
New Delhi, April 5
The Delhi Police tonight shifted Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar, who is on an indefinite hunger strike on a street here, to a hospital after her condition turned critical.
“We have taken Ms Patkar to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital”, Additional DCP (New Delhi) Manish Agarwal said.
He said she was taken to the hospital after doctors informed the police that her condition was critical and she had been refusing to undergo any medical tests.
There has been no arrest or detention of Ms Patkar or any NBA activist, he added.
Ms Patkar has been on fast for the past eight days in protest against the government’s move to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam and demanding rehabilitation of the people displaced by the project.
Earlier, the government today made a fresh appeal to Ms Patkar to call off her indefinite fast and decided to send a three-member minister team to the dam site in Madhya Pradesh to ensure rehabilitation of displaced persons.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Defence Minister Pranab Mukerhjee said the Union Cabinet discussed the fast being undertaken by Ms Patkar, which entered the eighth day today, and expressed concern over her health condition.
The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The ministerial team comprising Mr Saifuddin Soz, Ms Mehta Kumar and Mr Prithviraj Chavan would visit the site tomorrow to see the progress of the rehabilitation programme of the displaced persons.
The government would fully implement the Supreme Court directives on the rehabilitation scheme, Mr Mukherjee said adding that keeping that in view, she had been requested to call of her strike.
The Cabinet also gave its approval for withdrawal of the Arbitration and Concilliation (Amendment) Bill, 2003, which had been pending in the Rajya Sabha, and approved the implementation of the Supreme Court orders for disbursement of additional compensation to Bhopal gas victims.

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Medha Patkar forcibly taken to hospital

Press Trust of India
New Delhi, April 5, 2006
Delhi police on Wednesday shifted Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar, who is on an indefinite hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, to a hospital after her condition turned critical.
“We have taken Medha Patkar to Ram Manohar Lohia hopsital”, Additional DCP (New Delhi) Manish Agarwal told PTI.
He said she was taken to hospital after doctors informed the police that her condition was critical and she had been refusing to undergo any medical tests.
There has been no arrest or detention of Patkar or any NBA activist, he added.
Patkar has been on fast for the last eight days protesting Government’s move to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam and demanding rehabilitation for the people displaced by the project.

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Medha Patkar rejects PM`s appeal to end fast

New Delhi, Apr 04:
Turning down Prime Minister`s request to her to end her indefinite hunger strike, Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar today said her agitation would continue.
Time Line: Narmada Bachao Andolan
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Medha said that her fast will continue till the Government makes public its report on the rehabilitation of the families affected by the Sardar Sarovar Project.
Deputed by the Prime Minister, Union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz, who met Patkar twice today at the Jantar Mantar, the spot where she has been fasting, and conveyed Singh`s request to call off her seven-day long strike.
There was concern among the activists around her about health and a doctor from a nearby hospital was at hand in case of any emergency.
“The Prime Minister has reaffirmed the Government`s commitment that the rehabilitation of project affected families of the Sardar Sarovar Dam is done fully and satisfactorily in consonance with the supreme court order,” Soz told her.
The Minister said he and his ministerial colleagues Meira Kumar and Prithviraj Chavan would visit the affected families in the project-affected areas and the relief and rehabilitation sites and particularly take note of the areas where rehabilitation has not been done as mentioned in the memorandum given by Patkar.
Patkar accepted a glass of salt water from Soz, but said her fast would continue.
Patkar, in a statement, said “the team visiting the affected areas in Madhya Pradesh, Maharshtra and Gujarat must make its report public immediately, latest by April nine. Till then, I and my colleagues shall continue our fast.”
Patkar termed the Centre`s decision to increase the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam to 121.92 metres of as a gross violation of the the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal Authority and the Supreme Court judgements in the matter. She also demanded that the Centre stop immediately the work on the construction of the dam.
The relief and rehabilitation has not been done even below the dam height of 110 metres, Patkar said.
Soz said the NBA would also represent thier issues before a team of Union ministers visiting the project areas.
“The team would ensure that relief and rehabilitation of project-affected families has been complied with in terms of the Award and the Supreme Court judgement.” The Narmada Control Authority had recently decided to increase the height of the dam, a decision which, the NBA claims, would render 35,000 families homeless.
Bureau Report

TIME LINE: NARMADA BACHAO ANDOLAN

1) 1985-86: People affected by the proposed construction of the Sardar Sarovar Project begin organising themselves.
2) 1989: Struggle spreads to cover other dams when in 1989 the people displaced as a result of the construction of the Bargi Dam begin an agitation for justice.
3) 1990-91: World Bank constitutes the Morse Commission to review funding the construction of the dam that leads to its eventual withdrawal from the project.
4) 2000: SC delivers judgement ordering the construction of the dam upto 90 metres’ height. Also it conditionally authorises raising the height of the dam to 138 m in parts of 5 meters. The condition set is the approval of the Narmada Control Authority.
5) 2001: In December, hundreds of tribals demonstrate in Dhar and end their demonstration at the Collector’s office
6) 2003: Medha Patkhar goes on indefinite fast and breaks it only after acceptance of demands by the Maharashtra government
7) 2004: Flood water rises upto 114 meters on the Sardar Sarovar dam, causing large scale annihilation of houses and farms in tribal villages. Government failure on all counts highlighted by the social activists
8) 2005: The Madhya Pradesh High Court turns down govt proposal to raise the dam height to 262 metres or 258 metres
9) 2006: On 8th March, the Narmada Control Authority gives clearance for raising the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam from 110.64m up to 121.92m
10) 2006: On March 17th , a peaceful protest starts in Delhi outside Jantar Mantar against the clearance
11) 2006: On March 29th, Medha Patkhar, alongwith three representatives from the Narmada Valley, Jamsing Nargave from village Amlali in Badwani district (Madhya Pradesh), Bhagwatibai Jatpuria from village Nissarpur in Dhar district (Madhya Pradesh) begin a fast unto death
12) 2006: Medha Patkhar gives time till April 9th to the government to make public proposed action following which she will break her fast

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Medha Patkar’s condition worsens

UNI – Wednesday, April 05, 2006 17:06 IST
NEW DELHI: The condition of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar worsened further on Wednesday as she had a bout of vomitting even as some writers joined the demonstration at Jantar Mantar to express their solidarity with her.
Patkar is on an indefinite fast in the national capital. She has been against the Narmada Control Authority’s proposal to raise the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam from 110.64 metres to 122 metres. She has also been demanding complete rehabilitation of the affected families.
Patkar refused to break her fast on Tuesday when Union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz met her even as he assured her that he will visit the dam site.
On Monday, Patkar rejected a glass of fruit juice Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sent to her saying she will not compromise as people are being uprooted for a dam in Narmada Valley.
In an effort to make the NBA leader and her two associates give up their fast, the Prime Minister had sent Minister of State in his office Prithviraj Chavan, Social Justice and
Empowerment Minister Meira Kumar and Soz to Jantar Mantar on Monday.
Patkar on Wednesday received a stream of visitors including former Prime Minister V P Singh. Also, several noted writers joined her and sat on a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar to support NBA’s cause.
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat and Central Committee member Subhashini Ali visited Patkar at the dharna site earlier this week.
CPI leaders A B Bardhan and D Raja, writers, artistes, students and other civil society groups have also visited Patkar. Booker Prize-winning author and anti-dam activist Arundhati Roy, women’s activist Mohini Giri, socialist leaders Surendra Mohan and
Manju Mohan and ultra Left wing leader Kumudini Pati have already been sitting on a dharna for last few days to express solidarity with Patkar.
NBA activists have been staging protests here since March 17 against the decision of the Narmada Control Authority to raise the height of the dam. It says nearly 35,000 families will lose their source of livelihood and homes due to submergence in the dam’s waters once the decision is implemented.
Patkar, Jamsing Nargave and Bhagwatibai Jatpuria (affected villagers from Madhya Pradesh) started an indefinite fast on March 29 on failing to get a promised response to their demands from the Prime Minister.
The NBA says the Sardar Sarovar Project has uprooted communities living in the Narmada Valley for the past many centuries. It has also become financially unviable and corruption-ridden, it added.

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