BHOPAL: The condition of Medha Patkar, who was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Indore's Bombay Hospital, following her forceful eviction from the site where she had been observing an indefinite fast in Madhya Pradesh's Dhar district, is said to be stable.
While Patkar was shifted to Indore (170 from the venue of fast in Chikilda village) amid tight security for medical examination, others who took part in the fast have been admitted to Raja Bhoj hospital in the district.
According to sources, a team of doctors has been constantly monitoring her health. Since she has refused to break her fast, the doctors could give her only water and medicines through intravenous route.
Sources said when she was brought to the hospital on Monday night at around 10 pm, her condition was serious, owing to severe dehydration. But her condition has improved since and is now stable. Had she not been hospitalised on Monday, her condition could have turned life threatening by now, claimed key hospital sources on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, a large number of police personnel have been deployed outside the hospital (located in Indore’s posh Vijay Nagar-Lasudiya area) to prevent any breakdown in law and order.
“We allowed a few people to meet Medhaji one by one on Tuesday. But since doctors have advised not to allow many people into the ICU, only a few are being allowed,” a senior Indore police officer told The New Indian Express.
Three Congress leaders, including ex-MP Sajjan Singh Verma, city Congress unit leader Pramod Tandon, and ex-MLA Tulsi Silawat tried in vain to meet Patkar on Tuesday.
Back in Dhar district, 16 out of the 37 villages that come under the submergence zone of the Sardar Sarovar Dam project observed a complete shutdown on Tuesday over the forced shifting of Patkar and nine other activists.
Over a thousand protesters, mostly including people from families displaced by the project carried out a procession against the forceful shifting of Patkar and other activists.
Also, at least 12 others, including two who were part of Patkar’s indefinite fast, which started on July 27, have begun a fresh fast at the same spot in Chikilda village in Dhar. A group of over 200 protesters burned an effigy of MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Chikilda on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Dhar district police have lodged two criminal cases against over 2500 protesters at Kukshi police station for allegedly attacking police personnel during the forceful eviction of fasting NBA activists.
“Around 20 police personnel have been injured during Monday night's incidents. The protesters snatched the batons from cops and attacked them,” said SP Dhar Virendra Singh on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the NBA activists continued their vehement protest against the forceful eviction of its activists and claimed that police had attacked peaceful protestors. "As of now, the indefinite fast continues in the hospital and also 10 more people have started fasting at the Chikalda village," an official NBA statement released on Tuesday said.
"Only when Medha Ji and others are released and allowed full access to her colleagues, could a decision be made on whether to continue the indefinite fast or not," it said. "We will continue to fight this until justice is done to the 40,000 families in the Narmada Valley."