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Nearly 50 NBA supporters detained outside PMO

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 16 (UNI) Nearly 50 activists and supporters of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), including social activist Swami Agnivesh, were today detained when they tried to petition the Prime Minister at his Race Course office here over his reported assurance to parliamentarians on dam construction.

NBA supporters were brought to the Chanakyapuri police station when they gathered outside the Prime Minister's Office, a senior police official said.

He, however, declined to confirm whether they had been 'detained' or 'arrested', saying they were brought to the police station after they refused to disperse.

Meanwhile, NBA leader Chandralekha told UNI that the activists were rounded up by the police as they assembled to petition Dr Singh on his assurance to MPs that construction of the dam will not be stalled.

''The supporters were taken to the police station and made to stay there without giving us any reason. The police said they were being charged for unlawful gathering,'' she said.

It is total anarchy. Is going to meet the Primr Minister a crime that activists are detained? she queried.

Among those detained were Swami Agnivesh, activist Shabnam Hashmi, JNU professor Kamal Chenoy and media personality Vinod Dua along with several JNU students and activists of the NBA, she added.


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