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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 on Wednesday, the 14th day of her fast.
According to the NBA's press release, 'despite the propaganda by the government through the media of the 'stable' condition of Medha Patkar, Jamsinghbhai and Bhagwatiben on 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'.