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MP: Indira Sagar protestors forced out of water

Sep 12, 2012 06:30 AM IST India India

New Delhi: The situation in Harda in Madhya Pradesh is getting tense by the hour. All the protestors were forcefully evicted on Wednesday morning from the site where over 50 villagers were holding a 'Jal Satyagraha' protest. While Khandwa has won the battle against dams through a 17-day long 'Jal Satyagraha', prohibitory orders have been placed in Harda now.

The protests in neck-deep water entered the 15th day on Wednesday. Section 144 has been imposed in the district. There is heavy police presence across several villages and more arrests are expected.

The police used heavy force as the protestors refused to budge. When the police came in, the protestors started moving deeper into the water and were pulled out forcibly.

According to reports, the police also cut the cables of some of the media channels covering the crackdown to avoid live coverage.

The protestors want the water level of the Indira Sagar Dam be brought down to 260 meters. The government had increased the level to 262 meters and plans to raise it further, which could inundate 19 villages.

In fact, three villages are already submerged. Citing health risks, the government has imposed section 144 in the district.

People in Harda were displaced by the Indira Sagar dam. As a mark of protest, they have submerged themselves in neck-deep water.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has ruled out a compromise similar to the one in Khandwa. When asked whether the decision on Khandwa was also applicable for Harda, Chouhan said, "Some decisions are taken on the humanitarian ground but we will not compromise on the issue of water and electricity for the sate."

The Narmada Bachao Andolan is planning to move court.