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NBA activists in satyagraha huts

BARODA, JULY 6. About 50 activists of the Narmada Bachao Andolan led by its leader, Ms. Medha Patkar, launched the `Jal-Samadhi' satyagraha at Domkhedi (in Maharashtra) and Jalsindhi (Madhya Pradesh), on the banks of the Narmada river in protest against the Sardar Sarovar project in Gujarat.

While Ms. Patkar declared that the submergence in the monsoon this year would be ``most unjust, illegal and fatal and the people would resist''.Hundreds of tribals from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat cheered the `satyagrahis' as they took position in the ``satyagraha huts'' to stay put even if the water level in the river rises. The NBA claimed thatabout 70 to 80 more villages would be submerged if the level rises in the river and the people in these villages were yet to be resettled contrary to the assurance given to the court.