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Police detain Patkar, supporters in New Delhi

Medha Patkar was detained in Delhi and later released by the police while protesting against dam height increase.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2006 20:56 IST

Social activist Medha Patkar was detained in New Delhi on Sunday and later released by the police while protesting against the Government's decision to raise the Narmada dam's height.

She had been squatting ouside the Shram Shakti Bhawan in New Delhi from March 23 after the Narmada Control Authority increased the height of the Narmada dam from 110.64 meters to 121.92 metres on March 10.

"We had detained her along with her supporters but they were later released," said Anand Mohan, deputy commissioner of police.

He added that the 166-member group had tried to block the entry gate of the Shram Shakti Bhawan building, forcing the police to detain them.

Mohan said there were 145 men and 20 women in the group, apart from Patkar.

First Published: Mar 26, 2006 20:56 IST