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Mega dam project: farmer body holds protests against CM

A prominent farmers' body today held protests at various parts of the state, accusing Chief Minister Dorji Khandu of "putting pressure" on the Centre for clearance of hydel power projects in the state despite the Environment Ministry calling for a review on the matter.

india Updated: Oct 15, 2010 16:08 IST

A prominent farmers' body on Friday held protests at various parts of the state, accusing Chief Minister Dorji Khandu of "putting pressure" on the Centre for clearance of hydel power projects in the state despite the Environment Ministry calling for a review on the matter.

Activists of the 'Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti' burned effigies of Khandu before the Secretariat at Dispur and in different districts forcing the police to take several of them into custody, official sources said.

The demonstrators, carrying banners and placards, also shouted slogans accusing Khandu and his MLAs and MPs of putting pressure on the Centre to give a go-ahead for the projects.

Following a public hearing on the issue, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, in a letter dated September 16 to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had demanded a comprehensive review of projects in Arunachal Pradesh among other regions in the North-East, saying "these were bound to be the subject of agitation in Assam".

According to KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi, Khandu had then submitted a memorandum to Singh appealing that the decision for construction of mega dams in Arunachal should not be revoked.

"While sending a memorandum to the PM for revoking the decision for mega dams there, he threatened to launch an economic blockade against the neighbouring state (Assam) and also stop the transmission line of the Lower Subansiri Hydel Project," Gogoi said.