Patkar Ordered Out Of Agitaton Districts For One Year

By L.S. Herdenia

BHOPAL: Despite the arrest of Medha Patkar and her fasting colleagues, Narmada valley is still burning. In an unusual development, the administration has banned Medha Patkar’s entry in the districts of Dhar and Barwani for one year. The order was served on her when, after her discharge from an Indore hospital, she was proceeding to the village where she was fasting before her forcible removal.

The Dhar district administration issued the banishment order preventing Patkar from entering the SSP submergence area (comprising Dhar and Barwani districts) for a year and asking her to file a bond of Rs 10,000 in this respect.

After her discharge from the hospital, Patkar told media persons that the NBA agitation for adequate rehabilitation of the SSP affected people would continue. Her discharge itself came
as the NBA filed a habeas corpus application in the Indore bench of MP High Court after being denied access to their leader. She was shifted to Bombay Hospital; Indore after police forcibly removed her from the site of the fast. Twelve activists, including Medha Patkar, were on indefinite fast for 12 days when the government action came on Monday.

The NBA condemned the action of the state government and said that ‘it has no shame and completely lost any sense of propriety’. According to NBA, as Medha’s vehicle was moving towards Barwani, it was intercepted by nearly 35 police vehicles. The vehicle’s driver was forced out and a police officer started driving them towards Dhar.

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