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- · The 45 arrested people be released immediately and all false charges against them be withdrawn.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).