//Patkar, Arundhati Roy protest against SC decision on dam

Patkar, Arundhati Roy protest against SC decision on dam

May 09, 2006

Terming the Supreme Court's judgment rejecting the plea for stopping construction work on the Narmada Dam as "shocking", Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar on Tuesday vowed to continue her campaign against the "injustice" meted out to the people displaced due to the dam.

The NBA leader, along with a number of activists, including writer Arundhati Roy (both in photograph), organised a sit-in before the Supreme Court to mark her protest against the decision.

She accused the Centre of "making a mockery of its role with regard to the rehabilitation of the project affected families, especially Adivasis. "If this is the response by the system, we will have no alternative but to take it by the horns," she said adding, she wanted to show that NBA activists were undeterred by any "pressure."

She also slammed some media organisations for being "puppets in the hands of industrialists" and publishing news reports "without verifying facts."