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Spaniard in Dehradun breaks 20-day fast

india Updated: Feb 05, 2007 16:16 IST
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A Spaniard, who went on a hunger strike 20 days ago to protest the taking away of land bought by him for building a soccer stadium in Haridwar, was on Monday, taken into custody after he broke his fast.

Antonio C Padilla, 52, drank a glass of juice on Sunday evening, having lived on intravenous fluids and water since January 16, and alleged he was forced to break the fast.

He also accused the police of not allowing him to leave the district hospital without signing papers.

"I will not sign any papers as I have not committed any crime," Padilla said while police officials insisted "he must sign an affidavit as he is in judicial custody".

They said he had been arrested on the charge of trying to willfully take his life.

A professional football coach, Padilla wanted to train young boys so that India could make a mark in the game, but last month was prevented from building a boundary wall around the plot bought for Rs 14 lakh.

He was told by the district authorities the land "has been expropriated" as he did not have permission from the state government, mandatory in the case of a foreigner.

Padilla alleged the authorities wanted to take the land away because of escalating realty prices in Haridwar town.

He said "everybody, including the seller, the estate agent, the lawyers who drew up the papers and the registrar knew that I am a foreigner when I bought the land. Therefore, I firmly believe that the land belongs to me".