STRUGGLE AGAINST A PROJECT OF ADANI POWER : PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS ARRESTED

On   Sunday  26th    of   June,  in  Chausra,  a   village   in Chhindwara  district (South of  Madhya Pradesh), peo- ple  were  demonstrating peacefully against a  project of Adani  Power.  The company is planning to establish a   thermal  power  plant  near  the   village,  with  two dams utilizing the water of the Pench  River.

This  project  involves  several  injustices.   First,   local farmers  will  be deprived  of  water,  because  of  the diversion of  the river, and  land  as well. Secondly, the dislodging   of   farmers  already   started   though   the final  environment  clearance  hasn’t  been granted  to the  company.  Thirdly,    the  compensation   for   the farmers is very  problematic: acquiring the land  in the name of   public  welfare,  the government  is  paying

10 000 Rs per  acre to the farmers, and  then  selling it  at 130 000 Rs per  acre to the  private company ! And  finally,   when farmers  and   activists  are demon- strating peacefully  against this project, they are in- carcerated.  During  the demonstration  on  June 26th,

45 agitators  have been arrested  by  the  police  with-

 

 

out  any  specified  reason. Before that, on  May  20th, Dr  Sunilam  and   Advocate  Aradhana  Bhargawa, who support  the  struggle  against  Adani   Power   project, were brutally attacked.

Alerted  by  an  activist,  Mahesh Mishra,  who  has been

detained,   Ransingh  Parmar,   National   Convener   of Ekta   Parishad  alleged  that this  situation  was highly unfair.  Ekta   Parishad  condemns  these attacks  and arrests and demands that:

  • · The  45  arrested  people  be released  immediately and  all false charges against them be withdrawn.
  • · The National  Human Rights  Commission  sends an investigation   team   immediately   to   look   into   the atrocities  on  the KSS  activists  in past two  months and  take action accordingly.
  • · The Ministry  of  Environment  and  Forest  should  not grant any  clearance  to the Adani  Power  Plant since

there  are a  number of  problems  with  the  Environ- mental Impact Assessment (EIA).

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