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Social activist Medha Patkar detained

Patkar was in a procession along with CPI-ML leader Dipankar Bhattacharjee when she was stopped by the police.

india Updated: Dec 09, 2006 18:27 IST

Policeon Saturdayarrested social activist Medha Patkar, who took part in a marchin Kolkatain protest against farmland acquisition for Tata Motors' project at Singur, even as Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee continued her indefinite fast which entered the sixth day.

Patkar, who was in a procession along with CPI-ML leader Dipankar Bhattacharjee, was stopped by the police near American Center on Jawaharlal Nehru road and was taken into custody, sources said.

Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress chief continued her fast for the sixth day in protest against acquisition of agricultural land for the Tata Motors' small car project and withdrawal of prohibitory orders at Singur.

The police, however, did not say immediately why Patkar was taken into custody. Tension prevailed in the area after her arrest.

Patkar, who had reached Singur last Saturday, when violence broke out there in protest against land acquisition, was detained then. Subsequently, she was not allowed to go to Singur despite many efforts.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress General Secretary Mukul Roy said that Banerjee "is not keeping well, but she is in good spirit". She would continue the hunger strike till the government met the demands, he said.

Banerjee had saidon Sundaythat her head was reeling, but continued her fast despite an appeal by Chief Minister Buddhadeb BhattacharjeeonSundayto call it off.

First Published: Dec 09, 2006 18:27 IST