Jal Satyagraha: Fresh move from MP govt to end agitation

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Khandwa
  • Updated: May 10, 2015 21:47 IST

With the Jal Satyagraha completing one month on Sunday, MP government has stepped up its effort to end the agitation at the earliest.

Government officials, preferring anonymity told Hindustan Times that the agitating farmers would be shown a new piece of land on Monday after they rejected the land offered at Narshingpur and Hoshangabad.

The Jal Satyagraha, by 30-odd farmers to protest the water level in Omkareshwar dam to 191 metres from 189 metres, began on April 11.

The farmers from Ghogalgaon, Kamankheda,Toki, Ekhand and from Bada Kelva are demanding a proper rehabilitation and adequate compensation from the Madhya Pradesh government.

Sources said that the land shown to farmers at Narshingpur and Hoshangabad were fertile lands but 'gullible' farmers were 'misguided'.

Indore divisional commissioner Sanjay Dubey said that the government was doing its every bit to end the agitation.

"We are not heartless. We will try to meet their reasonable demands," he said.

The villagers are not in mood to give a single inch from their demands.

"We will continue our Jal Satyagrah till each and every person does not get proper rehabilitation and adequate compensation. Government has promised land-for-land for the oustees but are unable to give us land," said Revaram, a resident of Ekhand.

Another farmer Bali Ram Patel of village Toki who was supporting from outside said that on May 6, some farmers along with the Narmada Hydroelectric Development Corporation officials went to Narsinghpur district to see some hectares of land but they showed them encroached and infertile land.

On Sunday, Ghogalgaon again witnessed frenzied activity with few hundreds of supporters gathering to support agitating farmers as they apprehended that the local administration with the help of police would evict the farmers from water.

Farmers alleged heavy police force was deployed and they were regularly patrolling with their automobile and on boats at Ghogalgaon, Toki, Kamenkheda village.

Additional Superintendent of Police Khandwa Gopal Khandel told HT that police has been deployed in view of farmers' convention on May 12.

Meanwhile, regular contact with water for a month has aggravated the wounds, sores and itching on agitators' body.

Regular medical team from headquarters led by CMHO Khandwa Dr. R C Panika is visiting Ghogalgaon ro examine their health.

“We are not going to compromise their health and we will also not allow anybody to lose their life," said divisional commissioner Dubey.

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