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Medha Patkar's condition deteriorates

Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi | April 12, 2006 16:52 IST
Last Updated: April 12, 2006 20:20 IST

Medha Patkar, the activist with the Narmada Bachao Andolan, is said to be suffering from extreme exhaustion, as her blood pressure dropped alarmingly onWednesday, the14th day of her fast.

According tothe NBA'spress release, 'despite the propaganda by the government through the media ofthe 'stable' condition of Medha Patkar, Jamsinghbhai and Bhagwatibenon fast, their health has been worsening as the precious time is lost in the Center's indecision'.

"Though her resolve to stop the injustice in the Narmada valley remains steadfast, Medha Patkar's physical condition is becoming serious. After 14 days of fast, her blood pressure has gone down alarmingly and the potassium level in her body has been abnormally fluctuating. She is extremely exhausted and suffering from pains;allergic symptoms have surfaced with vengeance," the NBA has said.

The NBA has alleged that after 'whisking her away to hospital, Patkar has been made invisible' by the Union government, which has been 'spreading wrong information' about her health. This is trivialising the situation, the body has said.

Asking for the publication of the report filed by three Union ministers after visiting the valley on April 6, the NBA has claimed that they were shown only prosperous villages and not the displaced ones.

Former commissioner for SC/ST, Dr B D Sharma and renowned lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who accompanied the ministers hoped, that 'since it has become crystal clear that the decision to raise the height of the dam would submerge thousands of oustee families without rehabilitation, the government would take immediate steps to stop the construction of the dam'.

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Number of User Comments: 4

Sub: No caving in to blackmail

The government should not cave in to this kind of blackmail. No one forced her to begin a fast and no one should be forced ...

Posted by Beavis

Sub: i pray to god so that her soul rest in heaven


Posted by nag

Sub: He said, she said...

Medha said "Stick it to the MAN" The man said "Stick it to yourself" Whatever be the reason, I don't agre with emotional-blackmail like Fast ...

Posted by Arshi

Sub: if construction work is stop then we demand separate gujarat from india

if government take any action against the dam then we will demand separate state for us so be careful

Posted by chetan



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