Renowned environmental activist Medha Patkar, Goldman Environmental Prize winner Prafulla Samantara, and several other activists were arrested by the Gujarat Police on Wednesday during a ‘Rally For The Valley’ organised by the Narmada Bachao Andolan.
Others arrested include social activists Dr. Sunilam, Bhupendra singh rawat, Madhuri Behen, Madhuresh Kumar and approximately 60 others. According to reports, police have taken away Medha Patkar in a separate vehicle. The arrest took place around 2 pm at Gujarat Border in Chhota Udaipur district.
Facebook page of the activist Patkar, which shared the news about the arrest termed the incident as, “daylight murder of constitutional rights by Gujarat Police and Gujarat government.”
“People of Narmada Valley are not going to succumb to any Govt. threat or pressure. More people are joining the rally and will challenge the unconstitutional arrest of NBA leader Medha Patkar and others,” the Facebook of Medha Patkar said.
The activists were arrested at Kavta check post on the 3rd day of Rally For The Valley, while they were going to visit the Jeevanshala, a school run by Narmada Navnirmaan Abhiyan, of Chimalkhedi in Maharashtra. The team was stopped by the Gujarat police at the Gujarat border.
The activists also alleged that the activists were apprehended without producing any documents. “Even the vehicles with Gujarat number plate and local buses were stopped from crossing the border,” they added.
“We appeal to the citizens of this country and human rights defenders to expose the brutal and unconstitutional attack by Gujarat Govt. and Gujarat Police officials who have been rampant on suppressing the people’s movements,” the activists urged after the arrest.
The activists also called upon the civil society to put pressure on the state police and Home ministry to immediately release all the activists and people of Narmada Valley.