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Activist Medha Patkar’s hunger strike enters day 11

Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader activist Medha Patkar’s health deteriorating as her hunger strike enters its eleventh day on Sunday.

The activist said that the support extended to her is her strength.

Appearing to be severely frail as she lay on a cot, she said that she derives strength from the people who have been supporting her throughout the protest.

“It’s not only me but a lot of people. We tend to get stronger with every passing day,” she said.

She has been fasting for the rehabilitation of the families who were affected by the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam.

Medha Patkar and 11 others are on fast since July 27 on Narmada bank in Dhar district’s Chikhalda village.

On Friday, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had requested Patkar to end the fast.

“I am concerned about your health and that of your mates. I politely request you to end the fast,” Chouhan tweeted.

Earlier, a case was registered against the ‘Narmada Bachao Andolan’ workers by the administration for keeping a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in captivity for three hours.

The administration had alleged that the workers protesting there held a team of NDRF under captivity for three hours.


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