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Medha Patkar's strike enters 8th day

Source: PTI
April 05, 2006 15:59 IST
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Unrelenting in her demand that work on the Sardar Sarovar Dam should be halted immediately, Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar's indefinite fast entered the eighth day Wednesday.

Left weak by seven days of fasting, Patkar has difficulty in speaking and NBA activists standing with her at Jantar Mantar expressed concern over her deteriorating condition. She is having only water only and has been vomiting since morning.

NBA activists were on an indefinite fast for the eighth day in Delhi demanding stoppage of work on increasing the height of the dam to 121.92 mt from the current 113 mt till the project-affected people are rehabilitated.

Patkar had a stream of visitors from civil society, including noted Gandhian Nirmala Deshpande and academician Prof Yashpal, expressing solidarity with the protest.

NBA activists were taking their turn in joining Patkar in her fast as three of them -- Dheeraj Kumar, Avdesh and Nakhreen Behn -- started their protest.

On Tuesday, Patkar turned down Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's request to end her indefinite hunger strike saying her agitation would 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 Tuesday conveyed Dr Singh's request to call off her seven-day long strike.

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