Slum Demolition: Ended fast, Zindabad, tweets Medha

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Medha Patkar
Mumbai, April 13: Activist Medha Patkar ended her nine-day-long fast on Friday (April 12) night. Patkar went on fast to protest against slum demolition in Mumbai.

On Saturday (April 13), Patkar announced on micro-blogging site Twitter that she had called off her fast after getting assurance from Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

"Ended d fast after a meaningful resolution of issues following meetings with Secretary Housing & CM. Thanks everyone for support. Zindabaad!" Patkar tweeted on Saturday morning.

Chavan said an inquiry would be conducted into the demolition of a slum in Mumbai.

She ended her fast after midnight last night, an associate of the veteran activist said.

Patkar was fasting since April 4 after 43 houses of the Ganesh Krupa Housing Society in Mumbai's Golibar slum area were razed by civic authorities.

The NHRC has issued a notice to the Maharashtra Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police to reply within two weeks on the demolition.

Earlier, fellow-activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal was on a fast to protest against inflated power and water bills in the national capital. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader broke his fast after 15 days.

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