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NBA activists detained

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NEW DELHI: M ore than 40 Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) members and supporters were detained outside the Prime Minister's residence when they attempted to meet him to submit a memorandum.

Those detained included Swami Agnivesh and Sumit Chakravorty. They were later let off following the intervention of the former Prime Minister, V.P. Singh, and Communist Party of India leader D. Raja.

Writer Arundhati Roy also visited the police station where the activists were detained under Section 144 (unlawful assembly) and section 188 IPC (not obeying orders).

In a statement, the Nationalist Congress Party condemned "the Narendra Modi and BJP-sponsored vandalism" at Ms. Patkar's office in Vadodara and against actor Aamir Khan, who spoke up for the Narmada dam oustees.

`Lot of substance'

"There is a lot of substance in the concerns of those leading the Andolan," the NCP said.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninst) (Liberation) also condemned the arrest of intellectuals, educationists and NBA members who tried to meet the Prime Minister.

It urged Dr. Singh to initiate a positive dialogue with the NBA and ensure proper rehabilitation of the displaced families.

Medha's condition worsens

UNI reports:

Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Paktar's health further deteriorated on Sunday.

Her blood sugar level had fallen and her blood pressure too was not normal, an NBA spokesperson said.

She is getting weaker by the day and in her health is in pretty bad shape, the spokesperson added.

Ms. Patkar was shifted out of the ICU at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here Sunday morning.

"Hospital authorities today shifted her out of the ICU and kept her in a private room on the 6th floor of the," she added.

They are persuading her to take honey or coconut water, but she is determined and is continuing with her hunger strike, she added.

Meanwhile, the NBA has called for an en masse hunger strike on Monday.

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