Young girls from the submergence-affected villages of the Omkareshwar Dam Project on Thursday appealed to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan to ensure a safe and certain future for them, reminding him of his flagship “Beti Bachao Abhiyaan” (Save the Daughters Campaign).

The girls participated in a two-day fast and a rally here taken out by hundreds of tribals who fell in the “submergence zone” of the Omkareshwar Dam on Thursday. The protesters were arrested at Kamla Park, en route to Mr. Chauhan's residence.

Protesting at the city's Iqbal Maidan for the last two days, the oustees submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister demanding that the hundreds of tribals who were affected be rehabilitated, resettled and allotted land as per the Relief and Rehabilitation (R&R) policy. The tribals belonged to Dharaji, Narsinghpura, Nayapura, Gauri and Kotmer villages.

The oustees warned that if their demands were not met, “the entire Narmada valley will go on an indefinite strike.”