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Police takes NBA leader Medha Patkar to RML hospital

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 6: The police yesterday removed fasting Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar from Jantar Mantar to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, according to Additional DCP Manish Agrawal.

In a late night development, the police souped on some 250 activist of the NBA andolan and took them into custody amidst strong protest.

NBA leader and 3 of her colleagues, who were on protest fast for the last 8 days over the issue of raising the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, were taken to RML hospital. None of them have been detained or arrested, said Additional DCP Manish Agrawal.

However, an NBA activist said that Ms Patkar has been taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

A heavy police contingent reached the Jantar Mantar around 2300 hrs and told the activists to disperse immediately. When they protested, the police roughed them up, an activist said. Amidst midnight developments, Medha Patkar, who was on her 8th day of fast, to protest the government's move to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam NBA project, was then taken forcibly to AIIMS, even as her followers clashed with the police.

Three other activists, who are also on fast were also arrested.

Despite the police action, the followers of Narmada activist continued their protest in a midnight drama.


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